The hacker known as Guccifer 2.0, who has previously claimed responsibility for the high-profile hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) last month, has taken credit for hacking into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
To back his statements up, Guccifer 2.0 started his own free wordpress blog where he has released all the information – including hyperlinks. The web site contains the personal information on nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress and includes their passwords, shared passwords, direct emails (which are hidden from public sites) as well as their personal phone numbers.
See Guccifer 2.0’s Full Blog Here: https://guccifer2.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/guccifer-2-0-hacked-dccc/
The data dump also includes several memos from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s personal computer, detailing fundraisers and campaign overviews. As for why he choose to do this, Guccifer says “As you can see the US presidential elections are becoming a farce, a big political performance where the voters are far from playing the leading role. Instead, everything is being settled behind the scenes as it was with Bernie Sanders.”
Guccifer 2.0 said he performed the hack to stand up for the American voters, going on to state how Americans have “right to know what’s going on inside the election process.“ However not a single leaked documents appears to support this claim, rather, they disclosed personal details and choice of passwords by the Democrats. His actions constitute more of an illegal act the noble act of activism.
As is the nature with elite hackers, no one is quite certain who Guccifer 2.0 is. Some speculate he is merely a persona, artificially created by the Russians in order to influence the American election. However, there is no evidence to support this claim.
The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has personally stated the Russian’s were not behind the attack, Edward Snowden claims the US-NSA would have immediately known if the Russians were behind the hack and the FBI has not released any evidence tying the Russians to the attack – ‘the investigation is still ongoing’.
As for the original Guccifer he is a hacker from Romania who was arrested this past April. Later that month he was extradicted extradited to the US where he went on to pleaded guilty to numerous computer related crimes a few weeks after. Just so happens, one of the crimes he admits to is hacking into Hillary Clinton’s email server.
Perhaps most important to this discussion is the Republicans are not thrilled over these hacks and even conservative pundits on Fox News are growing concerned over the proliferation of government hacks. Apolitical or not, the United States government deals in highly sensitive affairs which potential put millions of lives at risk. For this reason, Republicans and Democrats alike fight for the the importance of keeping this information secure, not celebrating because it may make one political party look bad.
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