RED-FACED SECURITY OUTFIT CrowdStrike has admitted that the Russian government wasn't responsible for a hack on the Democratic Party after lone hacker Guccifer 2 claimed that he was responsible for the breach.
CrowdStrike claimed earlier this week that hackers acting for Russian security services have penetrated the networks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the formal governing body of the US Democratic Party, gaining access to emails, instant messaging traffic and the party's research into Republican presidential candidate elect Donald Trump.
The security firm claimed to have found evidence that two groups linked to the Russian security services - who it dubbed Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear - were behind the attacks.
However, hacker Guccifer 2 has since claimed responsibility for the breach and has posted a series of documents that appear to back up his claims, including a DNC report from December on Donald Trump, the Republican Party's candidate-elect.
Guccifer 2 claimed that cracking the organisation's security was "very easy" and claimed that he also cracked the email services of the Democratic Party's candidate-elect Hillary Clinton.
"Guccifer may have been the first one who penetrated Hillary Clinton's and other Democrats' mail servers. But he certainly wasn't the last. No wonder any other hacker could easily get access to the DNC's servers," wrote the hacker.
He concluded: "The main part of the papers, thousands of files and mails, I gave to Wikileaks. They will publish them soon. I guess CrowdStrike customers should think twice about company's competence."
In an update to its blog post, which remains up, CrowdStrike said that it stands by its analysis.
"Whether or not this posting is part of a Russian Intelligence disinformation campaign, we are exploring the documents' authenticity and origin. Regardless, these claims do nothing to lessen our findings relating to the Russian government's involvement, portions of which we have documented for the public and the greater security community," it said. µ
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