There was an 11 count federal indictment that was filed against 12 Russian military officers for using
cryptocurrency to hide their true identity in a scheme against the Democratic National Committee and
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. They used these digital coins to do all the transactions
and expose stolen election-related documents, keeping their true identities hidden.
The group registered the dcleaks.com domain before releasing the stolen documents. rented a virtual
private server through an online digital currency service as indicated by the arraignment. From that
point onward, they enlisted an URL-shortening account that was utilized to “Stick and Phish” the Clinton
crusade administrator and “other campaign-related people”
The group released emails that were stolen from the Clinton campaign during the period of the site
launch up to the end of the election. The site was claimed to be run by “American Activists” and it received
more than 1 million views after that it was shut down in March 2017.
The indictment that was filed by the Department of Justice, indicates that all the accused people are the
members of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, or GRU, that’s part of the Russian
military. Not only they are accused of hacking Clinton’s campaign but also they hacked the Democratic
Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic National Committee in the fake names
DCLeaks, Guccifer 2.0, and “another entity”.
The case moved further with the help of the cyber teams in Pittsburg, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
The charges that were put are:
1. Count 1: criminal conspiracy
2. Count 2 – 9: Aggravated identify theft
3. Count 10: Conspiracy to launder money via cryptocurrency
4. Count 11: Conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States
The Russian defendants are not in a custody presently, and it isn’t clear they will ever show up in the American court, however, the Justice Department has as of late observed an incentive in arraigning foreign hackers in absentia as open prevention.
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