Recently, US and non-US media has been publishing many articles regarding Russia being involved in the "Podesta-hack" or even accusing Putin of being directly responsible. For example:
- "Putin directly involved in US election hacking" (MSNBC)
- "White House accuses Putin of personally authorizing US hacks, aiding Trump victory" (DW)
However, none of these articles give any proof for such a claim, they are just referring to secret CIA information. Furthermore, in my country, Germany, media outlets are jumping on the accusation-bandwagon and start accusing Russia/Putin of hacking the NSA investigation committee.
Again, no evidence can be provided.
Now to my question:
I think that it's possible to act almost totally anonymously online, especially when you're backed/funded by a government. Also, I am aware that the CIA and german intelligence probably have their sources which cannot be made public.
But how can we be sure that this is not entirely propaganda against the russian government? Wouldn't one expect that Russia would be able to cover their tracks, if they'd want to?
What I have seen a couple of times now is the point that the attacker's active-time is coherent with the timezone of Moscow? Is this already enough evidence? What other possibilities are there to identify an attacker, when he knows his business and is hiding his IP/Info and not making stupid mistakes?