• Guccifer 2.0 posts DCCC docs, says they’re from Clinton Foundation

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    WikiLeaks celebrated its tenth anniversary on Tuesday by teasing
    a release of documents that would damage presidential candidate
    Hillary Clinton. But when Julian Assange failed to release
    anything new, the individual who refers to himself as Guccifer
    2.0 posted what he claimed were files from the Clinton
    Foundation's servers.

    "Many of you have been waiting for this, some even asked me to
    do it," Guccifer 2.0, or whoever is posting under that name,
    wrote in a blog post. "So, this is the moment. I hacked the
    Clinton Foundation server and downloaded hundreds of thousands
    of docs and donors' databases. Hillary Clinton and her staff
    don't even bother about the information security. It was just a
    matter of time to gain access to the Clinton Foundation server."
    Ars contacted Guccifer 2.0, or whomever runs his Twitter
    account. He claimed the files came directly from the Clinton
    Foundation server—but declined to say how he got access to them
    ("I prefer to keep it to me yet").

    However, a review by Ars found that the files are clearly not
    from the Clinton Foundation. While some of the individual files
    contain real data, much of it came from other breaches Guccifer
    2.0 has claimed credit for at the Democratic National Committee
    and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—hacks that
    researchers and officials have tied to "threat groups" connected
    to the Russian Government. Other data could have been aggregated
    from public information, while some appears to be fabricated as
    propaganda. It's hard to tell, because other than authorship
    information, some files have been scrubbed of the "custom
    properties" fields that tell things like the version of Office
    applications that were used to create them.

    Aside from some DNC payroll data, and lease documents for some
    Democratic Party field offices, most of the documents in the
    dump were originally authored either at the DCCC or by people
    working for the DCCC on their personal computers. The file
    timestamps correspond to the timeframe of the DNC and DCCC data
    breaches, with nothing more recent than July of this year.

    The Clinton Foundation's president, former Health and Human
    Services Secretary Donna Shalala, denied that the foundation had
    been hacked in a Twitter post:

    Donna E. Shalala ? @DonnaShalala
    No evidence of a #Guccifer hack at @ClintonFdn, no notification
    by law enforcement, and none of the files or folders shown are
    2:12 PM - 4 Oct 2016
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    Guccifer's post includes a screen grab of what appears to
    directory folders, including one labeled "Pay to Play," that
    appears to be fabricated from DCCC and DNC files and other
    material of questionable provenance. But some of the material
    appears to be actual data from the DCCC.

    Metadata from a strategy document outlining Republican "pay to
    play" tactics in congress shows it was authored at the DCCC.
    Metadata from a strategy document outlining Republican "pay to
    play" tactics in congress shows it was authored at the DCCC.
    [Update: The folder in the full download contains competitive
    intelligence reports on incidents where Republican members of
    Congress took large donations from companies that directly
    benefitted from bills they sponsored—the Republican version of
    "Pay to Play". In fact, all of the Word documents in the "Pay to
    Play" folder dump have metadata showing they were written at the

    One spreadsheet, called "master-spreadsheet-pac-contributions,"
    lists what appear to be congressional campaign donations to
    individual representatives and the Democratic Congressional
    Campaign Committee alongside bank names and a column labeled
    "Tarp funds"—an apparent reference to the Troubled Asset Relief
    Program. The spreadsheet's metadata says that it was created in
    2009 by "Kevin McKeon"—and a Kevin McKeon served as the DCCC's
    deputy research director at that time.

    Another spreadsheet purportedly from 2010, entitled "hfscmemberdonationsbyparty6101," lists members of the House
    Financial Services Committee from both parties and shows a list
    of what are suggested to be campaign contributions by major
    banks and financial institutions. That spreadsheet—which was
    apparently created by a Linda K. Strohl and then saved by a Ned
    Brown a day later on June 10, 2010—was created on a copy of
    Microsoft Excel licensed to "Home." It may have been prepared as
    competitive research for the 2010 mid-term congressional races.

    A third, later file, appears to be a donor "tracker"
    spreadsheet. It is most certainly from the DCCC. Created by
    Andrew Bower—another DCCC employee—in 2015, the spreadsheet
    contains names and e-mail addresses from the Western US. Ars
    directly contacted several of the people listed in the document
    and confirmed that the individuals on the list were donors.
    While they weren't certain the amounts associated with them were
    correct, they confirmed other details were accurate.

    http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/10/guccifer-2-0-posts-dccc- docs-says-theyre-from-clinton-foundation/

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