Will the fallout hurt Hillary?
The hacker Guccifer 2.0 released more documents from the DNC through a person at The Future of Cyber Security Europe conference in London. The documents show evidence of pay to play with donors in order to become ambassadors and staging TV protests. Guccifer also wanted to use this information to show the vulnerabilities within the system.
Guccifer shot to fame over the summer when he released documents that showed the DNC conspiring against presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as chairwoman right before the DNC convention.
Guccifer’s representative handed over 500 megabytes of documents, which contained information about the DNC’s IT layout, finances, and some donors. The most damning emails actually contained the words pay to play:
Interesting, especially since high dollar donors became ambassadors.
— Feelin' Groovy (@trickytweeter) September 14, 2016
Despite all the money, the DNC doesn’t think very highly of its donors.
Oh, it gets better. Once the DNC realized someone hacked its systems, officials actually EMAILED everyone the new passwords.
Yes, the DNC even staged TV protests.
— Sharmine Narwani (@snarwani) September 14, 2016
Of course Twitchy brought this to light. The reports from our beloved media never mentioned any of these emails.
Guccifer wanted to explain how easy it is to hack the DNC and bash the tech companies who should protect someone’s privacy. From Forbes:
Guccifer, who previously released tranches of stolen data on a WordPress site, said the documents also showed how NGP VAN software was deployed by the DNC. The hacker claimed that the company’s tech contained vulnerabilities that allowed them to breach the Democrats.
There’s currently no evidence showing Guccifer breached the DNC via an NGP VAN weakness. Additionally, NGP VAN pointed me to a blog post from security outfit ThreatConnect, which noted inconsistencies in Guccifer’s claims. The company, which bills itself as the “leading technology provider” for the Democratic campaigns, declined to comment on the leaker’s latest words.
In his prepared speech, Guccifer laid out the problems with security on the internet:
Second. They create conditions that make people store their info in cloud services. It seems convenient but it’s extremely vulnerable because it’s thousand times easier to steal the data from the cloud than from a personal cell phone for instance.
The next reason, and the crucial one, is software vulnerability. Tech companies hurry to finish the work and earn money. So they break development cycle very often omitting the stage of testing. As a result, clients have raw products installed on their systems and networks with a great number of bugs and holes.
He then said that the NGP VAN Company’s “software is full of holes.” This means hackers don’t have to hack into individual accounts, but should instead target the software company.
The DNC lashed out at the new document dump:
“We have been anticipating than additional batch of documents talent by Russian agents would be released. Our legal team is now int he process of reviewing these private documents, and attempting to confirm their authenticity, as it is common for Russian hackers to forge documents,” Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile said in a statement.
“We would urge anyone attempting to access these documents to proceed with extreme caution given the potential malware risks.”
Guccifer claims to be Romanian, but the government believes he is a front for Russia. Tech specialists matched the tools used by Guccifer to Russian intelligence agencies. They also found that the hacker “has struggled to speak in Romanian.” Some believe numerous people make up Guccifer 2.0.DONATE
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