Far-left Media Matters, citing “computer security experts,” reported on Friday that the creepy computer video released by former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson likely shows a “malfunction,” or possibly a “stuck backspace key.”
Attkisson believes that her computer, TV and phone were hacked by the U.S. government while she reported on the Benghazi terror attack. The new video is seemingly intended to support her claims.
But Matthew Brothers-McGrew, a “senior specialist” at Interhack Corp. in Columbus, Ohio, reportedly told Media Matters that a “key can get stuck” on computers and “sometimes dirt can get under a keyboard and a key will inadvertently be held down." He also suggested software problems could be to blame for what's seen in the video.
Peter Theobald, a computer forensics investigator at TC Forensics in Syosset, New York, said he wouldn’t be “terribly surprised to find out that someone in the government could or would hack her," but argued the video is not proof of government hacking.
"If a hacker were to infiltrate her laptop and delete her files there would be better ways to do it, it wouldn't be so obvious to her. It did not look like a hacker attack to me,” he told Media Matters.
In her book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” Attkisson offers some background on the video:
“That very night, with [White House spokesman Eric] Schultz, [White House Press Secretary Jay] Carney and company freshly steaming over my Benghazi reporting, I’m home doing final research and crafting questions for the next day’s interview with [Thomas] Pickering. Suddenly data in my computer file begins wiping at hyperspeed before my very eyes. Deleted line by line in a split second: it’s gone, gone, gone.”
Read more about Attkisson's hacking allegations here.