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Fancy Bear Exposed Showing the People Behind the Hacking Group

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Exhibit B- Shows two specific groups (hackers) claiming to do one specific action (releasing one set of data) at one specific time, in one specific place being referred to as different groups when only one specific group was present.

Russia's Shaltai Boltai uploaded the email data (dumped) to the CyberHunta website and Ukraine's Cyberhunta and InformNapalm forwarded the emails to the Atlantic Council who were able to authenticate 1 GIG of data the same day AND publish an article about their findings.

a)According to the DFR Lab October 25, 2016 article "Breaking Down the Surkov Leaks" they were able to verify nearly every bit in the Surkov inbox. We'll get back to this because according to the hackers, at least part of the so-called verification was done by the hackers that forwarded the emails.

b) Wednesday October 26, 2016 Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab on SurkovLeaks: Emails are authentic'- The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has concluded that emails reportedly linked to the Kremlin's "grey cardinal" Vladislav Surkov (place), which were "dumped"(action) by a Ukrainian hacker group (group) on Tuesday, October 25 (time), are authentic.

"After the release of the emails and a previous publication of a PDF file and screenshots of the inbox, there were reasons to doubt the authenticity of the hack. The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) stated that the hacks were authentic, but this is hardly a reliable indication,"

No one is disputing anything written above so far even with the sheer volume of articles saying the Ukrainians hacked Surkov and originally dumped the hacked data. It's pretty clear who the hackers are (Ruskie traitors), who dumped the emails (Ruskie traitors) and who released the information to the public (Ukrainian nationalists).

The SBU authentification of the hacks on October 25th is laughable but not a surprise since this hacker group works for them. They should try out for the remake of "Chuck" vs the Ukrainians.

The inherent problem with crediting the Ukrainians part anything they did in this came after Shaltai Boltai dumped the emails at the CyberHunta website. From there, Ukraine's hacking squad downloaded the email sampling and sent it to the Atlantic Council. Other than being tasked as low end gophers, the Ukrainians had almost nothing to do with the action and everything to do with taking credit.

Exhibit C- We need to show one specific group (Shaltai Boltai) was hacked (one specific action) by one specific group (Fancy Bear) using one very specific set of hacking software (used exclusively by Fancy Bear) at one specific time (Late October between the 26th and before the 31st).

This is where the rubber meets the road. If we can find who hacked Shaltai Boltai using Fancy Bear signature hacking software, we have our guys. Most MSM articles attribute the so-called Surkov hacks to Ukrainian hackers CYBERHUNTA (consisting of FalconsFlame, RUH8, and TRINITY) even though the initial email data was uploaded to the Cyberhunta website by Shaltai Boltai, the Russian hacking and influence operatives. Shaltai Boltai was part of this group and had posting rights.

The Pauli exclusion principle will do the rest from here. It really is that simple. We can reach out and sweep aside every other possible hacker in this case other than Fancy Bear and even give email contacts to the right guys. Finding Fancy Bear this easily, we are at checkmate before the chessboard is even set up. Here's the setup.

Within a small window of 4 days, how could any group not associated with Shaltai Boltai do the impossible and make a positive attribution for the Surkov hack when the Ukrainians were claiming they did it? All of the Mainstream media from October 25th onward attributed the hack to the Ukrainians. The Atlantic Council attributed the hack to the Ukrainians. How would Fancy Bear know there were more unreleased emails? How did Fancy Bear know where the emails were located? Were the Russians really that bad at hacking they forgot to protect their own work?

After October 26th and before October 31, 2016 the Hacker Group Fancy Bear hacked Shaltai Boltai. After Shaltai Boltai was hacked, the Ukrainian hackers released the email data dumping it via and the Atlantic Council. Eliot Higgins and Aric Toler of Bellingcat worked for the hackers to authenticate the data.

- Inside The Ukrainian 'Hacktivist' Network Cyberbattling The Kremlin, RFE/RL

- "We have no need for CIA help" -- Ukrainian hackers of #SurkovLeaks, Euromaidan Press

- Meet The Ukrainian Hackers Targeting The Kremlin's Master Manipulator, Forbes

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