Hacker ‘Guccifer 2.0’ posts private contact information of Democrats on his blog
A suspected ‘Russian’ hacker known as “Guccifer 2.0” who was behind the highly controversial DNC 20,000 email leaks to Wikileaks, has struck again. This time the hacker has uploaded an Excel file that has personal contact information of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) obtained from the cyberattack on his website on Friday.
The documents released was posted to several online databases and news networks, which included a list of passwords for various DCCC accounts, contact information, private email addresses and cell phone numbers for House Democrats along with the message claiming the presidential election is being ‘settled behind the scenes.’
In announcing the leak of the document on his WordPress blog, “Guccifer 2.0” reported that the spreadsheet was stolen during a hack of the DCCC. “As you see I wasn’t wasting my time! It was even easier than in the case of the DNC breach,” the hacker wrote.
Documents released appear to include information from U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s computer.
Along with the Excel file, “Guccifer 2.0” also uploaded documents that included the account names and passwords for a number of subscription services used by the DCCC with the password “nutbag”.
“As you see the U.S. presidential elections are becoming a farce, a big political performance where the voters are far from playing the leading role. Everything is being settled behind the scenes as it was with Bernie Sanders,” the hacker wrote on his blog. “I wonder what happened to the true democracy, to the equal opportunities, the things we love the United States for.”
“The [mainstream media] are producing tons of propaganda hiding the real stuff behind it. But I do believe that people have right to know what’s going on inside the election process in fact,” the hacker wrote. “To make a long story short, here are some DCCC docs from their server. Make use of them.”
The hacker also invited reporters to contact him through direct messages on Twitter.
“Dear journalists, you may send me a DM if you’re interested in exclusive materials from the DCCC, which I have plenty of,” he wrote.
The FBI is investigating the DNC and DCCC hacks along with attempts to compromise the Gmail accounts of Hillary Clinton campaign staffers through the use of “spear phishing” e-mails, as reported in TSG.
In a series of e-mail exchanges last month, “Guccifer 2.0” described himself as a committed “hacktivist” and stood up at TSG’s depiction of him as a thief. “Stop calling me the vandal,” he wrote. “I’m not a criminal I’m a freedom fighter.” While “Guccifer 2.0” claimed to be an enemy of “all the illuminati and rich clans which try to rule the governments,” cyber investigators speculate that he could be part of a Russian intelligence operation suspected of breaching the Democratic Party’s computer systems and not just a lone hacktivist.