Federal law enforcement officials say they are aware of a website that popped up over the weekend and started doxxing federal and state officials, at odds with Donald Trump’s efforts to cancel the election.
The site, which appears to have been set up on Sunday, contains home addresses, photos of homes, personal emails and photos of state and local officials who have pushed back or questioned the president’s legal campaign.
“The following people aided and abetted the fraudulent election against Trump,” the enemiesofthepeople.org website said.
A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Investigation told the Daily Beast on Thursday that the FBI was “aware of the matter” but declined to comment further.
The site was only online for a few days and the identity of its managers is not known. But the archived versions of the site and publicly available website registration data show that the person (s) behind it used email addresses associated with a Russian email service provider and email services. web hosting based in the country. It is possible that the use of these addresses and hosting services was made to give the impression that this is a Russian operation.
The website was created as national tensions over the 2020 election turned into violent threats against officials who supporters of the president have deemed complicit in a large and often senseless plot to steal the election of the president-elect. Joe Biden. These claims have been dismissed in dozens of cases in state and federal courts, as well as by senior officials from both sides.
Among the officials targeted – literally – by the Enemies of the People website were governments. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), Brian Kemp (R-GA), Doug Ducey (R-AZ), several people affiliated with Dominion Voting Systems, and Christopher Krebs, the former senior federal cybersecurity official who was fired last month for publicly debunking many of the conspiracy theories launched by Trump and his legal team.
“If any blood is spilled, it is in the hands of the president,” Krebs’ lawyers wrote in a statement Wednesday regarding the website. The specific threats, they noted, “can be domestic or foreign actors attempting to stir up violence.”
As documented by Joe Slowik, a cybersecurity researcher with the Dragos company, enemiesofthepeople.org and a sister website, enemiesofthepeople.us, were recorded by people using the Russian Yandex email service, and the site’s IP servers. Web are hosted in Russia.
“The information currently available on registration models and ownership is undetermined, with some observables strongly indicating a link between Russia and Eastern Europe (hosting in Russia and Romania, use of Yandex emails, names Slavs) while others point to an American national angle (Georgia registration address, US phone number), ”Slowik told The Daily Beast. “Further research and likely law enforcement action will be needed to gather more information on responsible parties.”
The same person (s) behind enemy people’s domains also appear to have registered another election conspiracy website, do not touch the green button. This domain is similar to the one the Trump campaign set up last month to solicit testimony from “whistleblowers” and others who have claimed to have knowledge of apparent election irregularities.
“While I can’t gauge the actor’s intention, I can’t help but wonder if this domain was intentionally created to cause someone investigating this activity to wrongly point their finger at the Trump campaign. [or the] RNC, ”said Kyle Ehmke, ThreatConnect Threat Intelligence Researcher.
Regarding the apparent Russian fingerprints, Ehmke said publicly available information was insufficient to attribute the website to a foreign actor. “At this point, based on what we’ve seen, we don’t have enough information to assess who is behind this website at the individual or state level,” he said. declared.
A search of the website in RiskIQ’s cybersecurity database shows that the website was associated with a Twitter account, @peopleenemies, which has since been suspended.
The website also included links to profiles on two social media sites, Talk and Gab, which are popular with Trump supporters. “We have compiled a list of people who allowed the act of treason,” says Gab’s profile biography. Thursday morning, the Talking profile had been set as private and the Gab profile’s messages had all been deleted.
In a statement to the Daily Beast, Gab CEO Andrew Torba said “Threats of violence have no place on Gab and never have been. Within minutes of being alerted to this account last night, our team immediately took action and suspended the account. “
Speaking did not respond to questions from The Daily Beast in time for publication.
“Overall, this type of activity – displaying contact and location data for senior officials and Dominion employees – is reprehensible and dangerous,” Slowik said. “Content providers, hosting services, and registrars can and should take swift action to deactivate these sites, as they go far beyond the boundaries of protected political discourse given their incitement to violence.”
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