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Ukraine Hacker Cooperating With FBI In Russia Probe, Says Report (thehill.com) 215

schwit1 shares a report from The Hill: A hacker in Ukraine who goes by the online alias "Profexer" is cooperating with the FBI in its investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, The New York Times is reporting. Profexer, whose real identity is unknown, wrote and sold malware on the dark web. The intelligence community publicly identified code he had written as a tool used in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee ahead of last year's presidential election. The hacker's activity on the web came to a halt shortly after the malware was identified. The New York Times, citing Ukrainian police, reported Wednesday that the individual turned himself into the FBI earlier this year and became a witness for the bureau in its investigation. FBI investigators are probing Russian interference efforts and whether there was coordination between associates of President Trump's campaign and Moscow. Special counsel Robert Mueller is heading the investigation.
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Ukraine Hacker Cooperating With FBI In Russia Probe, Says Report

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  • I guess John Podesta didn't fall for a simple phishing scam [cbsnews.com], the servers were hacked direct by some uber-Ukranian Evil Crime Lord sitting at a computer system that would make the one in Swordfish look like a Fisher-Price toy (blowjob under the desk by Halle Barry probably not included...) All done at the behest of Putin as he rode, magnificently and bare-chested, through the Siberian tundra aboard his chestnut colored steed, hunting wolves with a slingshot and pocket knife.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    So the Russian government is employing Ukrainian hackers. This doesn't make sense.

    • by Koby77 ( 992785 )
      It makes sense if you believe the trust the FBI and a Ukrainian who hates Russia over the credibility of Wikileaks. I, of course, don't. But between a desperate FBI, and a malware writer possibly looking to make a quick buck, they're a good match for one-another.
    • by gtall ( 79522 )

      Jesus, read some history and read up on the current state of Ukraine. There are plenty of Putin Poodles still living in Ukraine, and get this, they are still Ukranians. Yeah, I know, it is hard to believe. Even harder to believe is that there are Republicans in the U.S. who think Putin is just their kind of guy, that bare-chested manliness does it for them.

  • Like a Ukrainian hacker is going to turn himself in... without direction from the Communist Party.... To cause havoc in our political system.

  • I mean, the NYT has been right with 100% of the Russia stuff so far, right?

    Every single week, usually every single day, another Russia story, and they have ALL turned out to be true, right?

    And EVERYBODY knows how much Ukrainians LOVE Russia, right?

    Muh Russia.

    Muh Russia.

    Muh Russia...

    • NYT has nothing on MSNBC. There was a mass-shooting in a "red" state, so on a lark I went to MSNBC to see how they would spin it ("gunz are evvviiiillll" was what I expected). All I got was articles on the latest so-called Trump/Ruzzia scandal.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Mashiki ( 184564 )

        Compare the charlottesville vs barcelona. The first case, the media is trying to claim that it's "domestic terrorism." In the second case, they're claiming that it's a "van crash" while avoiding using the word terrorism as best as possible.

  • Slashdot (Score:1, Troll)

    by ma1wrbu5tr ( 1066262 )
    Slashdot. The latest player in the FAKE NEWS game. Seth Rich was the leaker. This will come out soon, BeauHD.
  • Does he not have access to youtube or something? https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] yadayadayada....

    What the hell are ya doin' Beau...?

  • from TFS: "turned himself into the FBI"

    Ah, yes ... reminds me of the magician who was walking down the street and turned into a convenience store.

    Alternative wording- try "turned himself in to the FBI". Much less disruptive to law enforcement.

  • Brian Krebs has a blog post today claiming the NYT is incorrectly attributing these claims.

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/08/blowing-the-whistle-on-bad-attribution/ [krebsonsecurity.com]

  • Last I checked, the Ukraine and Russia were practically at war. I'm not sure how the involvement of a Ukrainian automatically means a Putin managed it.

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!