Is the information from a controversial article in the New York Post about Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, from Russian hackers on October 14? This question brings back memories of 2016, when Russia published hacked material to influence the election campaign. What did that look like again?
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From New York Post bases his article on data from a laptop that would belong to Hunter Biden. It concerns correspondence about his role in the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. Immediate abuses do not surface, but the material may be detrimental to Biden’s campaign.
Was the publication made with the help of Russian hackers? It seems it would, dozens of veterans of the American intelligence world write in a letter (pdf) published by Politico. They point out, among other things, that Burisma was attacked, presumably by Russian hackers.
“We want to emphasize that we don’t know the emails […] be real or not, “they write.” And that we have no evidence of Russian involvement – but our experience makes us very suspicious that the Russian government played a major role in this case.
What are the US intelligence officers referring to in their warning? We can deduce this from what became known about Russia’s operation during the 2016 presidential election.
Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani is said to have given a copy of a laptop left in an electronics store in Bidens home state of Delaware to the New York Post. (Photo: Getty Images)
In early 2016, the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign are being hacked. The attackers invade servers and email accounts, including campaign manager John Podesta. It turns out to be the work of the Russian military intelligence service GRU.
The Loot: Thousands of sensitive documents with the potential to undermine the Clinton campaign. At that point, her battle with Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination is still in full swing.
The GRU is attempting to release the stolen documents without revealing that Russia is behind the operation. The intelligence service is setting up a website for this: DCLeaks.com. Also, Moscow invents and creates a hacker named Guccifer 2.0.
The documents are published in waves on DCLeaks.com. Via a special Facebook page, special Twitter account and Gmail address, information is passed on to journalists, such as passwords for still protected web pages.
Guccifer 2.0 is used in the same way. The persona claims to be publicly responsible for the hack on the Democrats. He pretends Romanian, just like the original Guccifer.