We can only hope that to prove who the real hacker is, that they leak everything that they got their hands on. Better yet, wait to make it an October surprise!
A war of words has erupted over whether the DNC hack was an act of espionage by the Russian government, between soundbite-ready security firm CrowdStrike and a lone hacker who’s unkindly claiming credit. And the conspiracy-theory fans went wild.
This was all “let’s bring back the Cold War” fun-and-games until last week. A hacker came forward saying, LOL no, it was actually me.
Namely, the DNC’s opposition intel files on Donald Trump. Now the fly in CrowdStrike’s ointment, Guccifer 2.0 proceeded to pick apart the company’s claims that hacking the DNC was superhard and sophisticated, dropping minor technical tidbits in here and there to season the pot.
Guccifer 2.0’s criticisms were subtle. “I’m very pleased the company appreciated my skills so highly,” they wrote in a blog post. “But in fact, it was easy, very easy […] F*** the Illuminati and their conspiracies!!!!!!!!! F*** CrowdStrike!!!!!!!!!”
That made CrowdStrike pretty mad. The company basically called the hacker a dirty, dirty liar, saying that “CrowdStrike stands fully by its analysis and findings identifying two separate Russian intelligence-affiliated adversaries present in the DNC network in May 2016.”
CrowdStrike said the hacker and their claims are actually an elaborate coverup by the sneaky Russians. Having interviewed Guccifer 2.0, Vice decided the Russian coverup narrative was the truthiest of the truths. The reasons put forth included that CrowdStrike and WaPo said it was Russia, the hacker’s pseudonym is new, incorrect use of an emoticon, an instance of the username “Iron Felix” in the leaked docs, and they at some point used a cracked version of Office 2007. They also said it was because Russia obviously wants Trump to win.