SAN FRANCISCO — In mid 2016, Russian knowledge officers got another crap upl of the virtual cash Bitcoin. They rapidly set the computerized cash to work.
The Russian government agents utilized a portion of the Bitcoins to pay for the enlistment of a site, dcleaks.com, where they would later post messages that had been stolen from Hillary Clinton's presidential crusade. At the point when the agents required a PC server to have the dcleaks site, they paid for that with Bitcoins too.
The exchanges were itemized in an arraignment on Friday from the Justice Department, in which prosecutors blamed 12 Russian agents for meddling in the 2016 presidential crusade through a complex hacking plan.
The arraignment gave one of the clearest outlines to date of the inward workings of the Russian activity that completed the hacking of the Democratic Party and different targets. It likewise demonstrated how digital forms of money — and the obscurity they give — have turned out to be both a device and a test for knowledge organizations in the fights between country states.“This is the first clear example in court documents of cryptocurrency being used to purchase capabilities that could be leveraged in attacks on national security,” said Jonathan Levin, a co-founder of Chainalysis, a firm that helps governments track cryptocurrency payments.
Financial transactions have been one of the trickiest parts of intelligence operations because electronic payment networks and checks are generally off limits to undercover spies. That has led to famous scenes of covert exchanges of suitcases full of cash.