Jailed Russian Hacker Claims He Left Data Signature Proving He Hacked The DNC On Kremlin’s Orders

McClatchy reports:

A jailed Russian who says he hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers on the Kremlin’s orders to steal emails released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign now claims he left behind a data signature to prove his assertion.

In an interview with Russia’s RAIN television channel made public Wednesday, Konstantin Kozlovsky provided further details about what he said was a hacking operation led by the Russian intelligence agency known by its initials FSB. Among them, Kozlovsky said he worked with the FSB to develop computer viruses that were first tested on large, unsuspecting Russian companies, such as the oil giant Rosneft, later turning them loose on multinational corporations.

Kozlovsky first came to public attention in early December when word spread about his confession last Aug. 15 in a Russian courtroom that he was the person who hacked into DNC computers on behalf of Russian intelligence. The Russian was jailed earlier this year, alleged to have been part of a hacking group there that stole more than $50 million from Russian bank accounts through what’s called the Lurk computer virus.

There’s much more at the link.

  • Harveyrabbit

    Let me fix that headline:

    Dead Russian Hacker Claims He Left Data Signature Proving He Hacked The DNC On Kremlin’s Orders

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    • agcons

      Exactly. I can’t see Pootie being pleased with this.

    • narutomania

      Is polonium chamomile. Is good for … stomach.

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist

    This is what many including myself are thinking and wanting for this person…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/909b4717590988ef626b1a09d0f34b4400cf45a9d44e83b3699abe59017c9947.gif

  • JT

    OT

    The 1962 political drama Advise and Consent is showing on TCM. It turns on a gay affair involving a handsome young Senator, played by Don Murray. From Wiki:

    Advise & Consent was one of a sequence of Preminger films that challenged both the Motion Picture Association of America’s Production Code and the Hollywood blacklist. It pushed censorship boundaries with its depiction of a married senator who is being blackmailed over a wartime homosexual affair, and was the first mainstream American movie after World War II to show a gay bar. Preminger confronted the blacklist by casting left-wing actors Will Geer and Burgess Meredith. It was the first of five films in which Preminger cast Meredith.

    • greenmanTN

      Betty White is in it too as a senator.

      • BlackGayVeganAtheist
        • kaydenpat

          Wow. This is the first time I’m seeing her as a young woman. Only seen her in Golden Girls and her roles after that.

          • whollyfool

            Oh watch her on Mary Tyler Moore. She could deliver a dirty line like nobody else. Kind of a filthy Maggie Smith. (In the best way!)

          • Chuck in NYC

            She was also one of the sharpest celebrity game show players during the 60s and 70s. Any contestant who got her as a partner lucked out and generally did very well.

          • kaydenpat

            LOL!!

          • JCF

            Sue Ann Nivens! A fave line from memory: at a party, “Who wants to play ‘Nymphs & Satyrs’? {lecherously} In some states you can be arrested merely by describing the Rules!”

      • medaka

        Win!

    • Gustav2

      DVR’d for tomorrow night’s Beer and Pizza Movie.

    • cleos_mom

      It was quite radical in the early 1960s but also a good illustration of how much has changed.

    • Professor Barnhardt

      It also has a scene in which Charles Laughton gets off a D.C. Transit streetcar on the 90 Line to Navy Yard.

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3EPB_oXUAEO_U-.jpg

      A full view, from IMCDB.com, shows Union Station in the background.

      http://pics.imcdb.org/0ge18/181023-AdviseConsent10.jpg

      http://www.imcdb.org/movie.php?resultsStyle=asList&sortBy=0&id=55728

    • William

      Will Geer had a boyfriend before he had a wife.

  • greenmanTN

    I’ll take “People who need a food-taster” for $5000, Alex.

    • dogdadny

      Funny but the easy ones are only worth $100.

  • Tawreos

    A digital signature may be evidence that he was involved in the hack, but it is no proof on who he did the hack for.

  • Halou

    This is how a Russian commits suicide.

    • i always thought they did it with vodka, but you have a point.

      • Vodka is for the common people, Polonium requires a special prescription.

  • Bluto
    • cleos_mom

      Just a sneeze, stumble or “accidental” push away from erupting in flames.

  • Hue-Man

    O/T Bono: “I think music has gotten very girly. And there are some good things
    about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the
    moment — and that’s not good.”
    https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8085420/u2-bono-music-very-girly-rolling-stone-interview

    That’s going to leave a mark…

    • um, whatever dood. “girly?” cause that’s a bad thing. and all young males want to be gang bangers? like you’d know anything about that, you euro poser.

    • TheManicMechanic

      Another Bono boner.

    • Mikey
    • Gerry Fisher

      I thought that there were still hardcore punk/metal scenes.

    • ChrisMorley

      This was true when first uttered in 2009 and it remains true:
      “Not only is this Bono bloke a prime paddy plonker, a poseur and a
      self-righteous, inflated bore with a whiny, needling vocal tone and an
      outrageously over-rated band – his taste is a little, er, wanting n’est pas?”

      Plonker: British slang for a dick, penis, fool

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • lymis

    Hopefully, there’s more that we’re not hearing.

    Because, while it’s certainly likely that he did exactly what he said he did for the reasons he says so, just because his personal information is hidden in the DNC servers, all that proves is that his personal information is hidden in the DNC servers in such a way that he knows about it.

    It doesn’t inherently prove that he was directed to do the hack by the Russian government.

    Of course he was, and this information is significant, but unless there’s more supporting evidence, it doesn’t really “prove” much.

    Just because a burglar’s footprint is in the dirt outside the window and his fingerprints are in the home, it just puts HIM there. It doesn’t automatically prove who hired him to break in.

    Given only the information in that report, all it does is prove the hack – which is something we already knew. It gives that person a lot of credibility with whatever else he says, but it doesn’t sound like actual proof. But it does give the Mueller team some solid loose threads to pull on.

    • i would guess that he’s saying he has proof that someone paid him to do this, via some emails and other electronic records of payment that came from foreign sources, which a competent prosecutor could track back to Russia, even if there were no ‘hard’ evidence otherwise.

  • kaydenpat

    Did Russia also hack the RNC? If yes, what info do they have and why didn’t they release it? Are they blackmailing Trump and other players in his administration? Hopefully, Mueller is working to answer all of these questions.

    • William

      There is something funny going on inside the party. People who couldn’t stand Trump are suddenly his most ardent supporters.

      • MassageBear

        Until the Stock Market crashes.

    • CraigNJ

      The RNC and DNC were hacked, but only the DNC’s data was weaponized and used to influence the election.

      • Chuck in NYC

        Yup — this has been mentioned many times on MSNBC and in other media outlets.

      • Bad Tom

        The RNC data was weaponized too. It was used for blackmail, also to influence the election.

  • canoebum

    If Mueller and the FBI can find that digital signature on Trump campaign computers, it’s Good Night, Irene.

  • CharlestonDave

    He’d better be careful what tea he drinks.

  • cleos_mom

    “ ‘Based on my experience and understanding of professional intelligence “Based on my experience and understanding of professional intelligence operations, the blending of criminal activity with sanctioned intelligence operations is an old page out of the Russian intelligence-services playbook,’ said Leo Taddeo, chief information security officer for Cyxtera Technologies and a former head of cyber operations in the FBI’s New York office.”

    The article suggested that thIs this guy still in jail. Can’t help wondering he’s “terminated” by now.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    If true, this could be quite the revelation…but that’s a colossal “IF”