The Russians are back, and this time it appears they’re trying to incite acts of domestic terrorism against President Donald Trump’s political enemies.
According to the Daily Beast, the FBI is keeping a close eye on a website that came into existence last weekend and began posting private information (names, addresses, etc.) of government officials who are opposed to Trump’s continuing efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election:
“The site, which appears to have been created on Sunday, contains the home addresses, pictures of homes, personal emails, and photos of state and local officials who have pushed back on or questioned the president’s legal campaign.
“’The following individuals have aided and abetted the fraudulent election against Trump,’ the website, enemiesofthepeople.org, declared.”
Some of the officials named on the website include Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Brian Kemp of Georgia, and Doug Ducey of Arizona.
According to cybersecurity expert Joe Slowik, the website is indeed of Russian origin:
“Current information available on registration patterns and ownership are indeterminate, with some observables strongly indicating a Russian or Eastern European nexus (hosting in Russia and Romania, use of Yandex emails, Slavic names) while others indicate a domestic US angle (registration address in Georgia, US phone number). Further research and likely law enforcement action will be required to gather more information on the responsible parties.”
Enemiesofthepeople.com is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Russian efforts for fomenting violence in the United States:
“The same person or people behind the enemiesofthepeople domains also appear to have registered another election conspiracy website, donttouchthegreenbutton.us. That domain name is similar to one that the Trump campaign set up last month to solicit testimonials from “whistleblowers” and others who claimed to have knowledge of ostensible election irregularities.”
Asked about the websites, the FBI would only say that it is “aware of the matter,” but declined further comment.
The language used by those who support Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results has grown increasingly strident and violent over the past several days, with attorney and Trump ally Joseph diGenova saying that U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs should be “drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”
Krebs is now suing diGenova for defamation.
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