US government officials are almost 100 per cent certain that the hacker responsible for the recent Democratic email leaks is connected to a network of groups and individuals who are being shielded by the Russian government.
The hacker, who goes by Guccifer 2.0, is thought to be working with the hacking groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear. Though Guccifer 2.0 denies Russian involvement in the hack, both of those groups have known ties to the Russian government.
Guccifer 2.0 reached out to the Journal via direct messages on Twitter to explain his reasons for his actions. He hopes to expose political corruption and the ways that corporations influence policy. He also seeks to shed light on “global electronisation.”
But the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it “shouldn’t come as a big shock to people” that Russia was behind the hacks.
Matthew Rojansky, who director the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told the Journal agreed saying that this was a continuity of spy games and trolling and phishing for what the Russians call kompromat — compromising information — that has gone on for decades.