Guccifer 2.0, the online persona behind a high-profile hack of the Democratic National Committee, on Friday took credit for a separate breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and published a massive amount of personal information belonging to hundreds of Democratic representatives to prove it.
One Excel spreadsheet contains a dizzying amount of personal information—including work and cell phone numbers, home addresses, official and personal e-mail addresses, and names of staffers—for the entire roster of Democratic representatives. Several other documents contain passwords for various DCCC accounts. Other documents purport to be memos detailing fund raisers and campaign overviews.
“As you see the US presidential elections are becoming a farce, a big political performance where the voters are far from playing the leading role,” Guccifer 2.0 wrote in a blog post accompanying the document dump. “Everything is being settled behind the scenes as it was with Bernie Sanders.”
The figure went on to say this latest leak is motivated by a belief “that people have right to know what’s going on inside the election process,” but at first glance, none of the leaked documents appeared to show any improprieties on the part of anyone. Instead, they expose mostly routine material, albeit some candid and security-sloppy password choices. For instance, one account for a subscription to conservative political commentator Glenn Beck’s website was protected with the password “nutbag,” while the password for many media sites was “dccc2016.”
In other words, the real aim of the leak appears …