Konstantin Kozlovsky, a Russian hacker who has been jailed on cyber fraud charges in his home country, claims he was ordered by Russian intelligence to hack into Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks and says he can prove he was personally behind the breach.
The hacker told an independent Russian TV network that he left a file on the DNC network containing markers to prove he had been behind the infiltration. According to a written interview published Wednesday, Kozlovsky specifically left a “.dat file” with his passport number and the number of his visa to Caribbean island St. Martin on the DNC’s internal server.
Kozlovsky also claimed he designed malware for the Federal Security Service (FSB), including the code used in the “WannaCry” ransom ware attacks for which the U.S. government has publicly blamed North Korea. In his interview, he name drops FSB agent Major Gen. Dmitry Dokuchayev as the individual who ordered the hacking breach on the DNC, who was also arrested on charges of treason in Moscow in late 2016.
Notably, the Justice Department has identified Dokuchayey as a wanted individual in connection with the 2014 Yahoo breach.
Last year, Kozlovsky and group of hackers were arrested by Russian authorities for using malware to steal more than $25 million from Russian banks. Kozlovsky posted a purported court testimony on Facebook earlier this year that showed him claiming he hacked the DNC on the orders of Russia’s Federal Security Service.
If Kozlovsky’s claims can be proven, then this revelation would counter Russian President Vladimir Putin’s repeated claims that the Kremlin was never behind the hacking campaign targeting the 2016 U.S. election.
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