Friday, July 13, 2018

Hacker persona 'Guccifer 2.0' allegedly invented by 12 Russian intelligence officers

The 12 Russian military officers indicted for digital attacks on the 2016 presidential election developed the mysterious online persona, Guccifer 2.0, in their efforts to hack the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, according an indictment from the United States government.

Announced Friday by Deputy General Rod Rosenstein, the indictment lists a dozen members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence unit, who “knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other, and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury to” hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic National Committee.

What’s more, they allegedly operated under the guise of the self-proclaimed “hacktivist” Guccifer 2.0 — in addition to the persona, DCLeaks — in a bid to obscure their Russian ties.

By June 2016, the group allegedly managed to gain access to 33 computers at the DNC, slowly leaking documents all the while, according to The Verge. The same month, the political organization acknowledged the hackers, saying they first noticed unusual activity in April.

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