Russia Gets Hacked, Revealing Putin Aide’s Secrets

Russia Gets Hacked, Revealing Putin Aide's Secrets
Russia Gets Hacked, Revealing Putin Aide’s Secrets
Russia Gets Hacked, Revealing Putin Aide's Secrets

Russia Gets Hacked, Revealing Putin Aide’s Secrets

A Ukrainian group calling itself Cyber Hunta has released more than a gigabyte of emails and other material from the office of one of Vladimir Putin’s top aides, Vladislav Surkov, that show Russia’s fingerprints all over the separatist movement in Ukraine.
While the Kremlin has denied the relationship between Moscow and the separatists, the emails show in great detail how Russia controlled virtually every detail of the separatist effort in the Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine, which has torn the country apart and led to a Russian takeover of Crimea.
And unlike the reported Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee, the Ukrainian hack reached deep into the office of the Russian president.
“This is a serious hack,” said Maks Czuperski, head of the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council (DFRL), which has searched through the email dump and placed selected emails on-line.
“We have seen so much happen to the United States, other countries at the hands of Russia,” said Czuperski. “Not so much to Russia. It was only a question of time that some of the anonymous guys like Cyber Hunta would come to strike them back.”
A senior U.S. intelligence official said the U.S. “had no role” in the hack.
Surkov has been a close aide to Putin for more than a decade, serving as both deputy prime minister and Putin’s deputy chief of staff. The hacked emails date from 2014, a period during which Surkov was called the “gray cardinal” of the Kremlin, Putin’s behind-the-scenes aide responsible for managing Russia’s most crucial operations. He guided separatists not just in Ukraine, but in breakaway “republics” in Georgia as well.
It’s as if the Russians were able to hack the email of Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security director and close aide to President Obama.
Specifically, the anonymous Ukrainian hackers were able to download the Outlook email accounts of Surkov’s assistants, including a “Masha” and an “Yevgenia,” according to the DFRL. Surkov himself apparently doesn’t use email. The files included “the inbox, outbox, drafts, deleted email, spam, etc.,” said Czuperski, noting 2,337 messages in total were dumped.
See Photo Of Emails from the Outlook accounts of Surkov’s assistants Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council.
See Photo Of Emails from the Outlook accounts of Surkov's assistants Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council.

See Photo Of Emails from the Outlook accounts of Surkov’s assistants Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council.

 

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