Putin is backing Donald Trump for US President. Trump owes him and his oligarch mates a fair bit of dosh and he thinks that it would be rather nice to have someone who owes him a few favours in the White House.
When the democrats were hacked, the West blamed him, however a month later he said the Russians didn’t do it.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the Russian leader said: “Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data? The important thing is the content that was given to the public.’’
Fair enough, Tsar Putin loves it when his opposition groups get information he does not like out to the press.
He added, “There’s no need to distract the public’s attention from the essence of the problem by raising some minor issues connected with the search for who did it. But I want to tell you again, I don’t know anything about it, and on a state level Russia has never done this.”
In June, The Washington Post reported that the culprits were able to burrow into the DNC’s network and read its email and chat histories. It is believed that the DNC was just one of many U.S. political organizations targeted by the hackers. The Russian embassy has denied any knowledge of the attacks.
In its own blog , CrowdStrike explained that it has identified two groups or operations that were possibly responsible for the cyberattacks on the DNC, dubbed Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear. The former is alleged to have infiltrated the unclassified networks of the White House, State Department, and the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in the past, as well as companies in several industries and critical infrastructure networks.
Fancy Bear, on the other hand, is thought to be a separate Russian hacker operation that has also allegedly carried out attacks on foreign governments and media organizations. It has been linked to the cyberattacks last year on Germany’s Bundestag and France’s TV5 Monde TV station.
CrowdStrike CTO Dmitri Alperovitch wrote that his firm “considers them some of the best adversaries out of all the numerous nation-state, criminal, and hacktivist/terrorist groups we encounter on a daily basis.”