Sloppy VPN mistake reportedly exposed DNC hacker as Russian spy

first_imgEven Russian spies apparently make mistakes when it comes to VPNs.Like Guccifer 2.0, the self-proclaimed hacker apparently responsible for burrowing into the Democratic National Committee computer network, then sending stolen emails to WikiLeaks.According to a new report by The Daily Beast, Guccifer, who’d long been presenting as a solo, independent hacker from Romania, infiltrating the DNC, has reportedly been exposed as working from Russia. And they would have got away with it if it wasn’t for a damn VPN.The Guccifer persona apparently neglected to switch on the VPN client before logging on once.As a result,” the report reads, “he left a real, Moscow-based Internet Protocol address in the server logs of an American social media company, according to a source familiar with the government’s Guccifer investigation.”Yep, Moscow.U.S. investigators used that IP address to connect Guccifer to a Russian foreign military intelligence agency known as GRU, according to the Daily Beast’s sources. It’s important to note that this claim hasn’t been confirmed by the U.S. government. In January 2017, U.S. intelligence officials linked Guccifer 2.0 to the Russian spying agency with “high confidence,” but didn’t confirm the link unequivocally. Guccifer 2.0 leaked DNC materials to Wikileaks and pretty much any GOP operative that wanted the goods. The hack exposed embarrassing details about Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC’s inner workings. It was a boon for President Donald Trump ahead of the election. Finding a link between Russia and the DNC hack was a priority for U.S. investigators from the start. Kyle Ehmke, an intelligence researcher at cyber security firm ThreatConnect who led an investigation into Guccifer’s identity, told the Daily Beast ThreatConnect tried to track the persona through their email metadata — which always led them to a French data centre.“Almost immediately various cyber security companies and individuals were skeptical of Guccifer 2.0 and the backstory that he had generated for himself,” Ehmke told the publisher. “We started seeing these inconsistencies that led back to the idea that he was created hastily … by the individual or individuals that affected the DNC compromise.”It was reportedly Ehmke’s team who figured out that Guccifer was using a service called Elite VPN, which indeed existed in France — but had Russian headquarters. Then, it was a case of tracking the one-off IP address to none other than GRU HQ on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow. VPNs huh?[embedded content] Not the same hacker, obviously.Image: Getty ImagesBy Shannon Connellan2018-03-23 02:57:21 UTClast_img read more

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first_imgSMC bags Bulacan airport project Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding ADVERTISEMENT PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension City Hall will have to appropriate P240 million to cover the P4,000-balance of this year’s P10,000 cash assistance for 60,000 registered senior citizens.Llagono appeared before the City Council in an executive session to answer queries on the city’s policy in the release of the seniors’ cash assistance.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeThe council’s invitation to the executive session was addressed to Belinda Navasquez, the secretary to the mayor, who skipped the executive session.Navasquez instead sent a letter dated Oct. 20 detailing the guidelines and procedures in the release of the seniors’ cash aid. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary The Cebu City government will host a Christmas party for senior citizens on Dec. 18 at the Cebu Coliseum titled as “Pasalamat ni Lolo ug Lola.”Rolando Llagono, head of the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca), said he is hopeful that the city will be able to release the remaining P4,000 balance of this year’s cash assistance to seniors simultaneous with the event. “But it will all depend on the availability of funds,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Navasquez said Osca will have to coordinate with the City Treasurer’s Office, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the city accounting office in sending out notices to the barangays a week before the scheduled release of financial assistance.MORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexMORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexDistributions are made in the barangays. Her letter stated that in a meeting with the different senior citizens’ chapters held on Sept 24, it was agreed that only Mayor Michael Rama can set the date for the distribution of financial assistance. It was also agreed that City Hall will only distribute digital copies of the master list of seniors and not printouts to those who will request for a copy.During the executive session, Councilor Eugenio Gabuya belied reports accusing the council of opposing the release of seniors assistance.“(The release of the balance of) seniors’ incentives as we have been informed is a priority like the City Hall staff’s incentives,” Councilor Margot Osmeña told Llagono. Llagono told the council that she didn’t hear of reports that the council is blocking the seniors’ cash assistance. Chief of Reporters Doris C. Bongcac Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Read Next PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep MOST READ View commentslast_img read more