The Russian government, it is believed, continued to attempt to embarrass the Democratic Party at the behest of Donald Trump’s campaign by releasing another set of internal documents that included the cellphones and email addresses of almost 200 individual high profile Democrats.
The name of the individual hacker who has claimed responsibility, “Guccifier 2.0”, is allegedly a single individual. However, various intelligence agencies and hacking consulting groups say “Guccifer 2.0” is a fraud and is actually a front for a much larger propaganda arm of the Russian government — the same government which has become very cozy with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Prior to the release the hacker wrote, “It’s time for new revelations now. All of you may have heard about the DCCC hack. As you see I wasn’t wasting my time! It was even easier than in the case of the DNC breach.”
The files which were released came from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee which is the committee that raises funds for members of congress who are Democrats.
When Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT) who is the leading Democrat who sits on the subcommittee for the National Security Agency (NSA) was asked about the hacking incident he said, “If it’s simply my email being sent around, half my constituents have my email. If it were to turn out that someone was hacking into emails, it would be a different situation. Worse comes to worst I can get a different email or cell number.”
While the information may be mildly embarrassing to Democrats, Rep. Himes continued:
It’s hard for me to imagine how just having a bunch of numbers, cellphones and emails would in any way affect the election. It wasn’t totally unexpected.
The FBI says they are aware of the incident and are following proper procedure to investigate.