ThreatConnect is a group of researchers in Arlington, Virginia unraveling the source behind the hack of DNC emails that have shaken up the Democratic National Convention and voters everywhere. As the FBI continues their investigation into the hack, ThreatConnect says they’ve already uncovered a connection to Russian government.
According to ThreatConnect:
‘After further investigation, we can confirm that Guccifer 2.0 is using the Russia-based Elite VPN service to communicate and leak documents directly with the media. We reached this conclusion by analyzing the infrastructure associated with an email exchange with Guccifer 2.0 shared with ThreatConnect by Vocativ’s Senior Privacy and Security reporter Kevin Collier. This discovery strengthens our ongoing assessment that Guccifer 2.0 is a Russian propaganda effort and not an independent actor.’
The group Guccifer 2.0 is considered to be a group of bureaucrats and not sophisticated hackers. ThreatConnect believes that they may be part of a Russian propaganda arm designed to deflect attention away from political leaders in Russia and focus it elsewhere.
The news about ThreatConnect’s discoveries comes amidst new speculation about Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. He remains, at this point in the race, the only presidential nominee in modern history to refuse to release his returns during the race.
According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, most of the larger US banks won’t do business with Trump due to his history of failed businesses and bankruptcies, leaving him reliant on overseas funding for loans for new business ventures. When asked whether or not Trump has any outstanding debt to Russia, Trump’s press secretary would only say that Trump has no investments in Russia, an obvious deflection of the question.
The question is not whether Trump has invested money in Russia, but rather, has Russia invested money in Trump?
Even Fox News contributor and GOP lawyer, George Will, is beginning to question Trump’s link to Russian oligarchs as a result of his refusal to release his tax returns.
‘Well, it’s the sort of thing we might learn if we saw the candidate’s tax returns. Perhaps one more reason why we’re not seeing his tax returns — because he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs and others. Whether that’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s probably the reasonable surmise.’
What was revealed in the hack of DNC emails is disturbing and cause for great concern, but if Donald Trump is receiving help with his campaign from Russian hackers willing to commit illegal acts to advance him in the race against Hillary Clinton, this should also be of grave concern to the presidential election voters.
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