Alleged Siberian Millennial Mastermind of the Russian Cybercriminals Hacking the Democracy. @PaulR_Gregory @HooverInst

Feb 22, 2017, 05:22 AM

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Alleged Siberian Millennial Mastermind of the Russian Cybercriminals Hacking the Democracy. @PaulR_Gregory @HooverInst

@PaulR_Gregory @HooverInst

“I recently was contacted by Vladimir Fomenko, of Biysk, Siberia. He complained that he and his server-hosting company, King-Servers, had been falsely accused of being deeply involved in Russian hacking of U.S. political institutions. We entered into a correspondence for the purpose of allowing Fomenko to tell his side of the story. Here it is. Fomenko’s tale began with the publication in August of 2016 of an FBI advisory on “an unknown actor scanning a state's (Arizona’s) Board of Election website for vulnerabilities.” Six of the FBI’s eight IP addresses linked to servers hosted by Fomenko’s company, King-Servers. Alarmed, Fomenko contacted media organizations, and he was subsequently interviewed by Andrew Kramer of the New York Times. Fomenko explained to me that he was grateful to Kramer for visiting his home town, and that “if I had not written the Times, no one would have asked me for my side of the story. Little did I think that they would turn my words against me.” Rather than being exculpated by the Times, Kramer described Fomenko as “the only person so far implicated in the flurry of Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and other political sites.” Kramer based this description on the report of ThreatConnect, a cybersecurity company hired by the DNC, which (if Kramer had read carefully) tied Fomenko only to possible attacks on Arizona and Illinois voting systems. Yet on the basis of this report, Kramer broadly characterized Fomenko as “the manager of an ‘information nexus’ …. used by hackers suspected of working for Russian state security in cyberattacks on several countries, including Germany, Turkey and Ukraine, as well as the United States.” Thanks to Kramer, Fomenko had become a mastermind of Russia’s worldwide cyber-security operations through his control of a vast “information nexus.” Heady stuff for a young business man from a remote town in Siberia….”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2017/02/21/exclusive-vladimir-fomenko-the-only-russian-with-known-links-to-u-s-political-hacking-speaks-out/#7f6c6f7a7737