First it was apparently the Russians that hacked the DNC, now maybe, maybe not.
While the news just about who is responsible continues to change, one thing that can be confirmed; the Democratic National Committee’s server were hacked, and only time will tell what was and what was not stolen or accessed by hackers.
Initial reports that the DNC servers were hacked by Russian state sponsored hackers have now come into question, as have the validity of both several DNC spokespeople, and also the statements made by the cyber security firm brought in to assess and secure the DNC’s networks.
On Thursday, evidence was cited by committee officials that the hackers had primarily been concerned with accessing and stealing the files relating to all the Democratic research on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The DNC went to some pains to make the case that no financial, donor or personal information appears had been accessed or stolen, which gave rise to the credible notion that the hack was more in tune with traditional espionage rather than the work of freelance cyber criminals.
“I completely rule out a possibility that the government or the government bodies have been involved in this,” Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told the Reuters news agency in Moscow.
Controversially, it now also seems that hackers had access to the DNC computer network for about a dozen months. According to the DNC, the hackers have all been expelled thanks to the work of cyber experts CrowdStrike.
“The security of our system is critical to our operation and to the confidence of the campaigns and state parties we work with,” DNC official, Mrs Wasserman Schultz, said. “When we discovered the intrusion, we treated this like the serious incident it is and reached out to CrowdStrike immediately.”
However, it has now become apparent that not all is as it seems. Someone now claiming to the be the hacker has surfaced under the moniker Guccifer2, and perhaps the Russian government has little or nothing to do with the hack at all.
What now has transpired is that hackers might in fact just be one hacker:
“DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said no financial documents were compromised. Nonsense! Just look through the Democratic Party lists of donors!”
“Shame on CrowdStrike: Do you think I’ve been in the DNC’s networks for almost a year and saved only 2 documents? Do you really believe it?”
Only time will tell if Guccifer2 was behind the original hack or not, and if he was the only one…