The infamous Guccifer 2.0 posted documents from a new breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) computer server on Friday, which included the organization’s login passwords, as well as personal contact information of House Democrats and staff members.
After receiving nasty and threatening voicemails, text messages and phone calls, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a warning to colleagues on Saturday not to look at their cell phones and to change phone numbers, if possible.
One document posted on Guccifer 2.0’s WordPress site included information containing House Democrats’ home and cell numbers, personal email and home addresses, marital status, spouse’s names, as well as staff and political action committee email addresses and phone numbers.
Other DCCC documents publicized include a bulletin which gives background intelligence on two Democrats and one Republican running for Florida’s 18th congressional district seat and a memo lifted from Nancy Pelosi’s computer regarding a fundraiser for Colorado state senator Morgan Carrol’s congressional campaign.
Although Guccifer 2.0 is a self-described Eastern European hacktivist, two cybersecurity firms contend that analysis of the DCCC hacks show evidence the breaches originated in Russia. Domain names found there match the ones identified on compromised Democratic National Committee (DNC) computers, which experts have traced back to the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) — Russia’s military spy agency.
“I have every confidence that law enforcement will get to the bottom of this, and identify the responsible parties,” said House Intelligence committee ranking member, Adam Schiff (D-CA). “And when they do, I hope the administration will disclose who is attempting to interfere with the American political process, and levy strong consequences against those responsible.”
Last week, Congressional Democrats asked the White House to intervene and level sanctions against Russia if there is concrete evidence the country’s intelligence agencies were behind the hack of DNC computers which revealed internal personnel communications, embarrassing the Democratic Party and former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Even some House Republicans have started to express sympathy for the repeated breach of internal Democratic documents, which have been dispersed primarily by Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks.
Russia-linked hacker leaks House Democrats’ cell phones, emails https://t.co/RedvuE5YV4 So, so wrong. I hope authorities prosecute.
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) August 13, 2016
It seems that the Russians are enthralled with the candidacy of Donald Trump and disenchanted with the current Democratic regime, one which tried to initiate a “reset” of relations with the Kremlin starting in 2009.
Guccifer 2.0 wrote the following about the two major party presidential candidates in a post dated June 30:
“As for me, I see great differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Hillary seems so much false to me, she got all her money from political activities and lobbying, she is a slave of moguls, she is bought and sold. She never had to work hard and never risked everything she had. Her words don’t meet her actions. And her collision with the DNC turned the primaries into farce.
Opposite to her, Donald Trump has earned his money himself. And at least he is sincere in what he says. His position is straight and clear.”
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