Report: Donald Trump's Server Was in Communication With Russian Bank
Scientists allege Donald Trump's secret server was in communication with a Russian bank.
Donald Trump in Pennsylvania September 2016.
A server registered to the Trump Organization was found to have been in contact with a Russian bank, reportedSlate. According to the report, Trump was “secretly communicating” with AlfaBank in Russia. Trump’s denied any ties to Russia during the election—though suspicions about Russian ties already caused the resignation of Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who had worked for Russian President Vladimir Putin. This past summer, Trump also encouraged Russians to hack Hillary Clinton.
Slate spoke to one scientist, who was referred to as Tea Leaves for purposes of anonymity, and two of his close collaborators. After seeing Russian hackers attack the Democratic National Committee, a group scientists reportedly began looking into Russian malware to make sure Trump’s campaign wasn’t attacked. “We wanted to help defend both campaigns, because we wanted to preserve the integrity of the election,” said one academic.
Tea Leaves said he found malware coming from Russia and saw Trump’s name in the destination domain, leading him to monitor Trump server’s DNS activity. “I have an outlier here that connects to Russia in a strange way,” Tea Leaves recalled writing in his notes.
“When the researchers pinged the server, they received error messages. They concluded that the server was set to accept only incoming communication from a very small handful of IP addresses,” Slate wrote. The server would later reportedly be shut down.
It's time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia. https://t.co/D8oSmyVAR4 pic.twitter.com/07dRyEmPjX
Top DNS expert Paul Vixie was shown the information gathered by the scientists. Vixie concluded: “The parties were communicating in a secretive fashion. The operative word is secretive. This is more akin to what criminal syndicates do if they are putting together a project.”
The Trump campaign denied the report in a statement to Complex:
Hillary for America Senior Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan also released a statement in response to the report:
Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
Mother Jonesreported a former spy who spent almost 20 years working on Russian intelligence matters said he had to research Trump’s dealings with Russia, sending a report to FBI. In his report the officer wrote: "Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance." That assistance allegedly included receiving information from the Kremlin on Democratic and other political rivals.