The alleged personal cell phone numbers and email addresses of nearly all Democrats in the House of Representatives have been released by the Russia-linked hacker that took credit for the digital break-ins of multiple Democratic organizations. The dump came as part of a large release late Friday of documents allegedly stolen from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which acknowledged last month that it had been hacked. Other leaked documents include campaign overviews of specific House races, DCCC event memos and committee passwords. A hacker going by the name “Guccifer 2.0” — who claims to be behind the DCCC digital assault, as well as an intrusion at the Democratic National Committee — released the information.
“All of you may have heard about the DCCC hack,” Guccifer 2.0 proclaimed in a blog post accompanying the document dump. “As you see I wasn’t wasting my time! It was even easier than in the case of the DNC breach.” The DCCC acknowledged it had been hacked just weeks after the DNC revealed its digital intrusion.
Researchers believe Guccifer 2.0 is a front for a prominent hacking group with ties to the Russian military intelligence agency, dubbed “Fancy Bear.” The group has been linked to the cyberattacks at both the DNC and DCCC, as well as numerous other Democratic-affiliated organizations.
In a statement, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff said the release of such sensitive information “is never acceptable.”