Mueller Report: Bitcoin’s Russia Connection

No, you still can’t buy a cup of coffee with Bitcoin that easily.

But it turns out that you can use cryptocurrency to influence a choice.

Along the dots to be linked in the Mueller report, there are several mentions of Bitcoin and how the virtual currency was used by Russian individuals and groups to influence the 2016 elections.

The result is of course not news. Nor is the fact that the debate about collusion / disability (yes or no or maybe) continues – and may continue to do so.

But on the 448 pages there are multiple mentions of Bitcoin and how the crypto was used for all kinds of activities that ultimately sought to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

Key to the revelations was the fact that Russians work with the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) to create accounts that are used to collect Bitcoin by using stolen identities and then use the Bitcoin to buy technology and websites that are at Attacks on the Democrats were used by the National Committee.

The unity and the cryptos

According to the results, “Military Unit 26165 is a GRU cyber unit that aims to target military, political, government and non-governmental organizations outside of Russia, including the United States. The unit was divided into departments with different specialist areas. For example, one department developed specialized malicious software “malware” while another department ran large-scale spearphishing campaigns … and a blackened part indicates a bitcoin mining operation. “

“The GRU began planning the publications at least on April 19, 2016, when Unit 26165 registered the domain dcleaks.com through a service that anonymized the registrant,” wrote Mueller and his team, noting that Unit 26165 was targeted Sites like dnc.org and hillaryclinton.com had “primary responsibility” for hacking the DNC and accounts of Clinton campaign workers and partners. Elsewhere in the report it is detailed that the Russian agents (using Bitcoin) Purchased a VPN that was used to manage Twitter accounts that leaked information hacked from these and other websites.

In another example, the report said, “Unit 26165 paid to register with a bitcoin pool it had mined” to set up dcleaks.com, which posted links to stolen documents. Bitcoins were kept in an account on the Bitcoin platform CEX.io. It is the use of Bitcoin via exchanges and the stolen / fabricated identities and wallets that helped lead the way in how Bitcoin was used by the Russians.

Mueller’s final report reflects the findings of a 2018 indictment filed against 13 people who bought counterfeit IDs and engaged in election-influencing activities (including setting up dcleaks.com, as noted above), and where under that earlier indictment “The defendants conspired” to launder the equivalent of more than $ 95,000 through a web of transactions structured to benefit from the perceived anonymity of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

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