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Russian hacker claims he can prove he hacked DNC

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A jailed Russian hacker who claims he was ordered by Russian intelligence to hack into Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks says he can prove he was behind the breach.  Konstantin Kozlovsky, who has been jailed on cyber fraud charges in Russia, told independent Russian network TV Rain in a recent interview that he left a file on the DNC network containing markers to prove he had been there.  Kozlovsky is among a group of hackers arrested by Russian authorities last year for using malware to steal more than $25 million from Russian banks. Earlier this year, Kozlovsky posted a purported court testimony on Facebook that showed him claiming he hacked the DNC on the orders of Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB.  Kozlovsky’s claims, if proven, would undercut Russian President Vladimir Putin’s repeated denials the Kremlin was behind the hacking campaign targeting the 2016 U.S. election. The unclassified assessment released by the U.S. intelligence community in January blamed Russian intelligence for hacking into DNC networks as part of an influence campaign ordered at the highest levels of the Kremlin. “In July 2015, Russian intelligence gained access to Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks and maintained access until at least June 2016,” the document states.  The assessment does not make specific mention of the FSB but does say Moscow’s foreign military intelligence agency, or GRU, “probably began cyber operations aimed at the US election by March 2016.” “We assess that the GRU operations resulted in the compromise of the personal e-mail accounts of Democratic Party officials and political figures,” the assessment states. “By May, the GRU had exfiltrated large volumes of data from the DNC.” In June 2016, CrowdStrike, an independent cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC, identified two separate Russian intelligence-affiliated infiltrations of DNC networks.  The firm identified one intrusion beginning in summer 2015 linked to Cozy Bear, a hacking group believed to be affiliated with the FSB. CrowdStrike linked the second breach, which occurred in April 2016, to Fancy Bear, believed to be connected to the GRU. Engaging post, Read More…

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Should We Believe a Russian Hacker Who Claims He Hit the DNC for a Rogue Operative in the FSB?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/should-we-believe-a-russian-hacker-who-claims-he-did-the-dnc-for-a-rogue-operative-in-the-fsbMOSCOW—There is a secret and rather luxurious section of Moscow’s otherwise hellish and overcrowded Matrosskaya Tishina prison. The so-called “Kremlin jail” is in a separate building, it has comfortable clean cells for VIP prisoners—former politicians, members of special services, or top bureaucrats. At the moment one of them is a 29-year-old hacker from Yekaterinburg, Konstantin Kozlovsky, who is accused of creating a criminal group of up to 50 hackers known as Lurk. Kozlovsky is facing from 12 years to a lifetime in jail and, because he has claimed to be the genius behind the hacks that hit the American elections last year, among other crimes, his story has attracted reporters both in Russia and in the United States. Russian police investigators, on the other hand, have been taking their time with the case. For 18 months they have been looking into the activities of Kozlovsky and dozens of his partners, who are also suspected of multiple cyber crimes, including the theft of up to $45 million from commercial companies and banks with the help of Lurk’s malicious software. Kozlovsky has made a number of “confessions,” both on his Facebook page and in his letters to journalists,  claiming that he was… Should We Believe a Russian Hacker Who Claims He Hit the DNC for a Rogue Operative in the FSB?