Guccifer 2.0 Russian Hacker Claims Responsibility for DNC Data Breach

Posted on June 16, 2016 by .

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The Democratic National Committee was recently hacked exposing opposition research data on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The data, latest posted on the Internet, include a 231-page dossier on Donald Trump and documents concerning expected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Security experts, ever since the DNC data breach, have been attempting to find the culprits in the matter. Fortunately, a Russian hacker who goes by the name of Guccifer 2.0 has come out to claim responsibility.

Guccifer 2.0, the hacker taking claim to the DNC data breach, wrote on a site exposing the hacked data, “Here are just a few docs from many thousands I extracted when hacking into DNC’s network.”

The Russian hacker also stated that he sent the rest of the files obtained during his hack to Wikileaks for posting, which is a known whistleblower site that exposes many “secrets” of government entities. Think of the days of Edward Snowden being a pioneer of exposing ‘all that’s confidential and private in the government.’

The DNC has not immediately come out with any statements as a result of the data breach other than listing the obvious details of it taking place. Additionally, experts have found that DNC attacks started as far back as last summer, which may have been part of a firm that the DNC hired going rogue.

The implications from Guccifer 2.0 are based on the premise that the recent DNC attack was carried out by one person, instead of a group of Russian hackers who some thought were the initial culprits.

Outing who Guccifer 2.0 is has been a tricky task as the name Guccifer refers to a Romanian hacker who goes by the legal name of Marcel Lehel Lazar, who was responsible for breaching Clinton’s personal email server in 2013. As the dots tend to slightly line up in figuring out the whereabouts of Guccifer 2.0 and who it is, the warnings from him continue to come in as more breaches are said to come at a later date.

Guccifer 2.0 has also said, “Guccifer may have been the first one who penetrated Hillary Clinton’s and other Democrats’ mail servers. But he certainly wasn’t the last,” in reference to the Guccifer (Lazar) who hacked Clinton’s personal email server.

CrowdStrike has remained on their basis that the DNC data breach was the work of a Russian hacker group instead of a lone wolf. Currently, CrowdStrike and other entities are working to authenticate the document’s authenticity and origin. They have also claimed that the recent work of Guccifer 2.0 may be part of a distraction to provide false information on purpose.

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