"Guccifer 2.0" is known for previously providing nearly 20,000 DNC emails to WikiLeaks
The hacker who goes by “Guccifer 2.0” is claiming credit for the release of personal cell phone numbers and private email addresses of Democratic House members.
The data – posted to their WordPress blog on Friday night – also contains the contact information for staff members and campaign aides.
In the trove of information released on Friday “Guccifer 2.0” also uploaded files to the blog post that contains login information to subscription services used by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, including Lexis-Nexis and Washington newspapers.
In a statement, DCCC Press Secretary Meredith Kelly said: “As previously noted, the DCCC has been the target of a cybersecurity incident, and we are cooperating with federal law enforcement in their ongoing investigation. We are aware of reports that documents claimed to be from our network have been released and are investigating their authenticity.”
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democratic on the House Intelligence committee, suggested a law enforcement probe is necessary.
“The unauthorized disclosure of people’s personally identifiable information is never acceptable, and we can fully expect the authorities will be investigating the posting of this information,” Schiff said. “I have every confidence that law enforcement will get to the bottom of this, and identify the responsible parties. And when they do, I hope the administration will disclose who is attempting to interfere with the American political process, and levy strong consequences against those responsible.”
In addition to lawmakers’ personal information, the hacker uploaded documents analyzing candidates for Florida’s 18th congressional district, and a fundraiser memo to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about Morgan Carroll’s congressional campaign in Colorado.
The hacker wrote in the blog post, “It’s time for new revelations now. All of you may have heard about the DCCC hack. As you see I wasn’t wasting my time! It was even easier than in the case of the DNC breach.”
The person claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 earlier posted several documents on the Internet and sent them to media outlets including Gawker, portraying the documents as coming from the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s files. The documents included a file about Republican nominee Donald Trump and what looked like memos about DNC operations. But the claims made by the “Guccifer 2.0” individual were viewed with a dose of skepticism by experts who have analyzed the events.