MOSCOW (Sputnik) – “I read several reports, some experts found out that my proxy IP is hosted at a service that’s somehow connected with Russia and has a version in Russian as well as in English,” a person identifying as Guccifer 2.0 wrote to The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, adding “This is their strong evidence (with a smile emoticon).”
In July, US media alleged that investigators blamed Russian-linked hackers for a breach of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email system that revealed party officials colluded to support US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.
The correspondent identifying as Guccifer 2.0 told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that blaming Russia or China for hacking attacks “is the most safe point.”
Guccifer 2.0 is not the same hacker as “Guccifer” (Romanian Marcel Lehel Lazar), who was sentenced to 52 months in prison by the US authorities earlier this month for hacking into personal email and social media accounts of about 100 Americans, including two former presidents, a former member of the US Cabinet, a former member of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential advisor.
Guccifer 2.0 has followed in the footsteps of Lazar, the original Guccifer, in leaking Democratic Party documents. US intelligence agencies have accused Guccifer 2.0 of having links to Russian intelligence. The allegations have been denied both by Russia and the hacker.