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Jailed Hacker Claims Proof He Breached DNC on Russia's Orders

A Russian national in jail for hacking the Democratic National Committee says a data signature proves he acted on the Kremlin's orders.

Konstantin Kozlovsky, a jailed Russian who claims he hacked the Democratic National Committee, now says he can prove Russian intelligence ordered him to steal emails released during the 2016 US presidential election.

Earlier this year, Kozlovsky made headlines when his confession to hacking the DNC on Russia's orders was made public. He was arrested on a separate charge this year, as an alleged member of a hacking group that stole more than $50 million from Russian bank accounts.

In an interview with a Russian television station made public Dec. 27, Kozlovsky reported more details on what he said was an operation led by the Russian intelligence agency FSB to hack the DNC. He claims he planted a string of numbers -- his Russian passport and visa number to visit the island of St. Martin -- in a generic .dat file. The idea was to give himself a safety net in case those who directed the attack turned on him, he claims.

In other details released this week, Kozlovsky said he collaborated with the FSB to create computer viruses. These were first tested on large Russian corporations and later used on multinational businesses, according to a published McClatchy report.

The report also notes Kozlovsky's statements are tough to prove because few people know the details of the hack. DNC hired CrowdStrike to investigate the breach; the tech firm had "no immediate comment" on Kozlovsky's claims about an implanted file, the report states. Further, it continues, the hacker claims he mostly worked from home and the DNC attack was one of many on other nations and the private sector.

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REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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1/4/2018 | 8:34:31 AM
Re: And if the DNC had allowed real investigators...
Best comeback ever.  
SchemaCzar
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SchemaCzar,
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1/3/2018 | 3:48:43 PM
Re: And if the DNC had allowed real investigators...
You just forced me to have sympathy on hackers...
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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1/3/2018 | 1:15:10 PM
Re: And if the DNC had allowed real investigators...
I cannot help but get a chuckle out of this one --- what if all the Russians managed to gain access to were text files of Anthony Weiner's sexting chats????
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/31/2017 | 9:59:21 PM
Re: Not Surprising
Russian and Eastern European hackers have a long history of having an "understanding" with government officials -- having their consent to turn a blind eye if not their direct blessing, so long as they keep their activities away from fellow citizens. That's at the very least.

In other cases, it has been known in the intelligence community that Russian government officials outright work with independent black hats (as with other governments). I suspect that this proof, if it turns out to be actual proof, will get a lot of attention in the public, but in terms of actual policy will not mean a heck of a lot because it's old news to the people whose job it is to do things about it.
SchemaCzar
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SchemaCzar,
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12/29/2017 | 11:02:23 AM
And if the DNC had allowed real investigators...
DNC's hiring of CrowdStrike and refusal to allow FBI digital forensics to investigate makes this impossible to pursue.  The dishonesty of claiming Russian hacking and its damage to US democracy while not bringing it to Federal investigation now leaves us blind in dealing with Kozlovsky and his allegations.  For me - I don't believe the claims.  The FSB has plenty of its own resources and an ability to cover its tracks that makes using an outsider completely unnecessary, and risky.  A free-wheeling, free-travelling robber like Koslovsky is even worse.  Perhaps Koslovsky believes he was engaged by the FSB - as if he cared who paid him - but I don't.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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12/29/2017 | 7:32:42 AM
Not Surprising
This isn't surprising in the least that this could have been performed with the backing of a nation-state. The question is, definitely proving this to be the case what would be the recourse?
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