DNC “lone hacker” Guccifer 2.0 pegged as Russian spy after opsec fail

“Hacktivist” logged into a social media account from an IP address at GRU HQ in Moscow.

Soon after the June 2016 announcement by CrowdStrike that the Democratic National Committee’s network had been the victim of a long-running breach perpetrated by Russian intelligence agencies, someone going by the name “Guccifer 2.0” suddenly materialized to take credit for the breach. Guccifer 2.0 started leaking internal DNC documents soon after. Intelligence officials and security experts have previously insisted that Guccifer 2.0 was in fact part of a Russian intelligence information operations campaign and not, as the person or persons behind the blog and social media accounts associated with the Guccifer 2.0 identity insisted, a Romanian hacker inspired by the original Guccifer.

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