A court has been told that Russian hackers illegally obtained and then misrepresented evidence linked to the ongoing prosecution of Russian firms that allegedly had a hand in influencing the 2016 presidential elections in the US, the BBC reports.
In October, the court was told, Twitter user @HackingRedstone broke through defences of a Russian computer server and posted a link to an online file-sharing platform. It is claimed the portal held information on special counsel Robert Mueller’s documents regarding “the IRA (Internet Research Agency) and Russian collusion.”
The IRA is among a group of three Russian firms that have come under accusations of helping Donald Trump secure his seat in the White House. The allegations, which were also levelled at 13 individuals, were made in February 2018.
Putin’s government and the US presidents’ people have denied any such collusion took place.
In the court document, the Twitter post at the centre of the storm said:
“We’ve got access to the special counsel Mueller’s probe database as we hacked Russian server with info from the Russian troll case.”
However, prosecutors in the case maintain that the data available through the link had been “altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the US political system.”
The two Russian companies implicated in the court case are Concord Management and Consulting LLC, and Concord Catering.
Reports by Reuters also claim that a journalist had received a communication from a hacker, claiming to have infiltrated a Russian legal company that had received the evidence from Concord’s US law firm, Reed Smith LLP.
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