According to reports, U.S. investigators have apparently identified Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who claimed responsibility for providing WikiLeaks with hacked Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 presidential election, as a Moscow-based Russian intelligence operative who has a direct connection to Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, also known as GRU.
Sources say that Guccifer’s identity was exposed after the hacker failed to activate a virtual private network (VPN) service to hide his IP address which resulted in compromising the operative’s location in the server logs of a U.S. social media company, allowing U.S. investigators to be able to identify the hacker as a GRU officer who works at the agency’s headquarters in Moscow.
While the identity of the specific officer had not been disclosed yet, the U.S. intelligence agencies previously concluded in January 2017 that GRU used the Guccifer 2.0 persona to release the hacked emails. The revelation of this report could impact the ongoing investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, into the possible collusion between the Russian government and members of the 2016 Trump campaign with the 2016 U.S. elections which has already indicted 13 Russians and three companies last month.
Guccifer was in brief contact with Trump associate, Roger Stone, communicating through direct messages on Twitter, and claimed to be Romanian. Stone admitted to contacting with Guccifer over Twitter but has denied claims that he worked with the hacker.
To reiterate, I, myself, had no contacts or communications with the Russian State, Russian Intelligence, or anyone fronting them or acting as intermediaries for them. None. Nada. Zilch.
[via NY Daily News]