Why the crypt is worse than seven Russian spies for the US Department of Justice
The US Justice Department has accused seven Russian citizens of espionage. Moreover, to pay for goods and services related to illegal activities, Russians used various digital coins.
According to American law enforcement officers, seven employees of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation (GRU) created a hacker network for hacking computer databases of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the American Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the Sports Arbitration Court, International Athletics Federation, International Football Federation, International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as well as Westinghouse Electric. Such a long list of victims is given completely for a reason. Below it will be clear why.
The indictment includes such an important moment: “In cases where the conspirators bought the hacker infrastructure, payments were made using a complex network of transactions, including transaction accounts in fictitious names. The conspirators usually used cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, to hide their identities even better. ”
As you can see, they could not hide their identity. Now the Russian spy hacker knows the whole world. Alexey MORENETS, Yevgeny SEREBRYAKOV, Ivan ERMAKOV, Artem MALYSHEV, Dmitry BADIN, Oleg SOTNIKOV and Alexey MININ - this is the complete list of the accused. The use of anonymous virtual assets did not save. Moreover, the American ministers of Themis said that Russian spies used the same computers from which digital coins were carried out for the hacker attacks. Amazing nonsense, is not it? Can scouts suffer from clinical idiocy?
And in general, if you carefully read the entire 41-page indictment, you get the feeling that you are dealing with some kind of information fake. For example, the document does not even indicate the dates of birth of the accused, not to mention the passport data. Although it also says that the criminals have repeatedly crossed the borders of states, including the United States. That is, the details of their documents must have been featured in the databases of border services. But for some reason they are not in the indictment.
Even more unusual is their connection with the GRU. As mentioned above, this structure belongs to the military department, that is, it collects confidential information about weapons, defense and offensive infrastructure, the number and deployment of troops. And here the Anti-Doping Agency and the Lausanne Sports Arbitration? If the officials of the SVR were accused, it would still be possible to understand, but where does the GRU come from? The only organization from the list of victims that could be of interest to military intelligence is Westinghouse Electric, a manufacturer of radar systems and equipment for nuclear reactors.
Moreover, the communication of the accused with the GRU is proved only by the fact that the IP addresses from which the attacks were carried out are in the territory of some military units, and by the fact that one of the defendants in the case took a taxi from the alleged GRU office in Moscow to Sheremetyevo Airport.
Another important disadvantage of the indictment is that it is not clear what information the hackers stole. According to the investigation, the robbers sent out data obtained during the attacks on anti-doping agencies in the media, which allowed the Russian side to make some loud statements. But this is not a legal fact, but only an assumption. We are not talking about any specific stolen documents or published letters.
There are many such inconsistencies in the case, but does this mean that the US intelligence agencies are working unprofessionally?
Hardly so. Such criminal cases periodically arose in judicial practice. For example, the Dreyfus case in France or the Beilis case in Russia. The meaning of such a trial is not so much to prove the guilt of specific subjects in specific crimes, but to express the attitude of the state to a particular phenomenon. Cases of Dreyfus and Beilis appeared in the era of state anti-Semitism. They are united by the fact that neither one nor the other had sufficient evidence, but the convictions were passed, although they were canceled later. But the goal has been achieved. The state has shown that it is with those who did not like the Jews.
The case of Russian hackers illustrates a similar trend. On the one hand, the American authorities detain and accuse those who could be potentially dangerous, but at the same time possess some kind of exclusive knowledge useful for the state.
In recent years, nearly two dozen programmers of Russian origin have been detained, arrested and even convicted by the US intelligence services. Each of them could know something. Codes, passwords, infrastructure ...
On the other hand, such cases support public fears, which make it possible to effectively manage people and public opinion. In this particular case, there are two things that are potentially social irritants: Russian hackers (well, with them, as you understand, everything is clear: an old horror story abroad) and virtual currency.
The US authorities are very much afraid of strengthening the digital economy, because it threatens their global financial dominance. However, society is also set to virtual assets wary. And there is an explanation. The United States of America is an empire. Same as China and Russia. Such states are united not only by force, but also by idea. The American idea is the firmness of the main criterion of success: money in exchange for initiative and loyalty. However, virtual values imply a social initiative, the blockchain is built on this, but they reject state loyalty as a relic of the past. This is even more dangerous for the USA than Russian hackers.