A new report Thursday claims that the “lone hacker” known as Guccifer 2.0 was an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate GRU. According to the report, the hacker was working out of GRU’s Moscow headquarters at the time of a massive hack of emails from the Democratic National Committee.
According to The Daily Beast, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the hacker, bringing the FBI agents who discovered the Russian identity into the investigation.
From The Washington Examiner: The hacker, whose identity is still not publicly known, failed to activate their virtual private networking, or VPN, service, which exposed his or her Internet Protocol address as one of a GRU officer working in the agency’s Moscow headquarters.
A source familiar with the investigation said the IP address was found in the server logs of an American social media company. Guccifer had been using Twitter and WordPress, but those accounts haven’t been active since January of last year.
Mueller’s team has not commented on what action they plan to take with Guccifer 2.0, but this would be the first known connection the special counsel made with Kremlin officials working to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The report continues: Guccifer 2.0 previously denied having any Russian connections last January, calling such allegations a “crude fake.”