Young college dropout Alisa Shevchenko, is a talented young Russian hacker whose outfit is known for working with companies to sniff out vulnerabilities in their systems.
The geek who spends her winters in Asia, meditating and training in Thai kickboxing was identified by the US security agencies as part of the phalanx of Russin outfits who helped the President Vladmir Putin interfere in the 2016 US general elections.
When the White House annonced a raft of sanctions against individuals in the Russian intelligence community in retaliaion last week,Alisa Shevchenko’s company was a surprise inclusion on the US sanctions list, alongside top officers in Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency and two well-known criminal hackers.
Her company “provided the GRU with technical research and development”, according to the fact sheet released by the White House. No further details were given.
Russian President alledgedly implicated in the hacking of Democratic party and Hillary Clinton campaign servers during the last US general elections to aid GOP victory
A the time. the White House annonced US expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the country, and said it would take further, non-public measures in response. A week after being enjoined in the Russian interference in the election, apparently aimed at helping Donald Trump to victory, Shevchenko is debunking the allegations against her, claiming the sanctions are without merit.
Shevchenko told the Guardian she was furious at her company’s inclusion on the list, and denied ever having knowingly worked for the Russian government. She communicated via encrypted email, from a location she said was “a wild countryside area a few hours away from Bangkok”.
Stock photo from hack any computer. Shevchenko is furious at her company’s inclusion on the sanctions list – She has denied ever having knowingly worked for the Russian government
Defiant in the face of the US allegations which she described as “insane …hysteria,”
Shevchenko suggested that the US authorities were guilty either of “a technically incompetent misinterpretation of the facts” or had been fooled by a “counterfeit in order to frame my company”.
Among those who could have had an interest in framing her she includes competitors, US intelligence or Russian intelligence, with the goal of screening the real culprits: “A young female hacker and her helpless company seems like a perfect pick for that goal. I don’t try to hide, I travel a lot, and am a friendly communicative person. And most importantly, I don’t have any big money, power or connections behind me to shrug off the blame. So really, it could be anyone,” Shevchenko said.
The consensus opinion in the US intelligence community is that the Democratic party’s servers were hacked, during the last election campaigns by a group known alternatively as Fancy Bear, APT 29 or Sofacy, which they say was working for the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence.
Top US security firm CrowdStrike, a major US security player lends credence to the government sector findings by directly linking the GRU to the hacks. The US government believes the hacked emails were then leaked, possibly through an intermediary, to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.