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Guccifer hacks DCCC, releases personal congressional information

The hacker who calls himself “Guccifer 2.0” released personal information on Democratic members of Congress on Friday gleaned from the computer systems of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The leak prompted House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to urge her colleagues to change their passwords and phone numbers as soon as possible after she received what she called a number of “obscene” text messages on her personal cell phone.

“Guccifer 2.0” originally posted all the information on his (or her) blog in a spreadsheet format. 

But WordPress, which provides the hosting for Guccifer site, forced the hacker to pull the documents from the site on Saturday because WordPress deemed them “a privacy violation,” according to its Policies and Safety page.

This is the second trove of data the hacker has made public.

The first came before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The contents of those emails, many of which were critical of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, forced DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign her position.

Those emails have since been posted to the WikiLeaks website.

The most recent hacked information contains the personal cell phone numbers and private email addresses of nearly 200 Democratic House members, in addition to personal contact information for Democratic congressional staffers and campaign workers. 

Regarding the newest document dump, the hacker wrote that it was "time for new revelations.”

"All of you may have heard about the DCCC hack. As you see I wasn’t wasting my time! It was even easier than in the case of the DNC breach,” the hacker wrote.

The hacker also wrote that “the complexity of the passwords [used to protect the DCC system] leaves much to be desired.”

Among the more common passwords used were “welcome” and “democrat.”

In his message, the hacker wrote that the presidential elections were "becoming a farce,” and that “voters are far from playing the leading role.”

“The [media] are producing tons of propaganda hiding the real stuff behind it,” the hacker wrote. “I do believe that people have right to know what’s going on inside the election process in fact.”

Guccifer posted a third batch of documents relating to DCCC campaign strategy in the Florida congressional primaries to his website on Monday.

The hacker wrote that he posted “reports, memos, briefings, dossiers, etc.,” so voters could “have a look at who you are going to elect now.”

“It may seem the congressional primaries are also becoming a farce,” the hacker wrote.

Included in the documents are analyses of congressional districts, voting patterns, key issues and background information on all candidates in the primaries.

The documents also include personal assessments of local media covering campaigns, and contact information of local activists.