Russians behind Democratic party hack
It is starting to look like Tsar Putin is deploying his hacker army in a bid to get Donald Trump elected.
The hacker , Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian. But new research shows he worked directly for the Vladimir Putin government in Moscow.
The hacker stole emails from the Democratic National Committee and provided them to WikiLeaks. However according to security researchers at ThreatConnect “he” is a team of people working for Putin’s propaganda arm.
If correct it fits in nicely with a conspiracy theory that Donald Trump does not want to show his tax returns because they will reveal business dealings with at least one of Putin’s oligarch chums.
The emails revealed that party insiders plotted ways to undermine Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid.
Rich Barger, ThreatConnect’s chief intelligence officer said Guccifer 2.0 has made inconsistent remarks and given a version of how he penetrated the DNC networks that technically don’t make sense. For instance, the hacker claims to have used a software flaw that didn’t exist until December 2015 to break into the DNC networks last summer.
The hacker also refused to speak in Romanian, another indication that he wasn’t who he claimed to be.
The researchers concluded that Guccifer 2.0 is actually an “apparition created under a hasty Russian [denial and deception] campaign” to influence political events in the US.
“Maintaining a ruse of this nature within both the physical and virtual domains requires believable and verifiable events which do not contradict one another. That is not the case here. By tracing Guccifer 2.0’s Internet infrastructure, the researchers concluded he—or the group—is “a Russia-controlled platform that can act as a censored hacktivist. Moscow determines what Guccifer 2.0 shares and thus can attempt to selectively impact media coverage, and potentially the election, in a way that ultimately benefits their national objectives,” the researchers wrote.
A growing number within the Obama administration believe this was designed to embarrass Democrats, exacerbate tensions between Hillary Clinton and her former rival Bernie Sanders—as well as his voters—and ultimately to give a boost to Republican nominee Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, President Obama confirmed that the while the FBI is investigating, “experts have attributed this to the Russians” and that it was “possible” the leak was designed to help the Trump campaign.
The hack looks rather bad for Wikileaks which either knowingly or unknowingly has agreed to be a Russian stooge. It was smugly saying how proud it was of getting the scoop. Its leader Julian Assange has made it clear that he does not like Hillary Clinton because she was among those pushing to indict him after WikiLeaks disseminated a quarter of a million diplomatic cables during her tenure as secretary of state. He said that Trump would be unpredictable, but Clinton would run things in a way he did not approve. We guess he wants Clinton to run all her decisions past him first because he is just so damn important.
Assange has rejected suggestions that the Russians were behind the DNC hack, saying the party’s server security was so weak, it could have been hacked by various groups. So this comes down to whether or not you trust an ego-maniac who is on the run from coppers who want to ask him about a rape case and is desperate to get into the media at any cost.