Konstantin Kozlovsky, who is on trial in Russia on charges of being part of Lurk, a group accused of using malware to steal three billion roubles from banks, has also claimed to have hacked the PCs of investigators looking into the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17.
If that were not enough for patriotic US publications to stand up and take notice, Kozlovsky also claims to have been involved in the creation of the WannaCry ransomware which has been officially attributed to North Korea by the US Government.
This flight was brought down in July 2014 by a missile near the disputed Ukrainian border with Russia.
To anyone with a dash of cynicism, it looks like the man is trying desperately to get into the good books of investigators in the US.
His claim that he left his passport number and the number of a visa he had been granted to visit the island of St Martin in a data file on the DNC server as proof of his involvement can no longer be verified.
The company CrowdStrike, which was called in by the Democrats to investigate the alleged hack, did not allow anyone else access to the servers.
And if that proof was on the server, then CrowdStrike must tell us why they did not spot it. The company's chief technology officer, Dimitri Alperovitch, who is closely affiliated with the pro-Democrat Atlantic Council, was the one who coined the term Fancy Bear for the group he alleged was behind the DNC break-in.
Despite the obvious fact that there appears to be a misinformation campaign going on, US media have asked few questions about the story. It appears that the story which was initially spun to avoid blaming the Democrats themselves for the 2016 presidential election loss has now taken on a life of its own.
One of the lines that is particularly risible and appears in many of these stories is "The newest allegations are potentially significant." But the same line has been run before and in the end it turns to be anything but.