Russian tech firm used in hacking by Democrats, McCain's associated scattered Steele dossier, unsealed documents show

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Documents recently unsealed Thursday in a case with a Russian entrepreneur and anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele reveal that a tech company owned by Russian was used to hacking Democratic Party leaders.

Aleksej Gubarev, a businessman who runs businesses all over the world, claims that his organizations Webzilla and XBT Holdings were accused by Steele after the unverified dossier was released by BuzzFeed on January 10, 2017.

The dossier claimed that Gubarev's companies "used botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant defects, steal data, and perform" warning operations "against Democratic Party leadership." The dossier also suggested that Gubarev played a "significant" role in the operation while "Under Forced" from the Russian security agency FSB.

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However, the unfinished documents on Thursday include a forensic analysis report from a former top cyber specialist in the FBI Cyber ​​Crime Department, which concludes that Gubarev's businesses were actually used by Russian operators in an attempt to hack the democratic party leaders. New York Times reported.

The report notes that businessmen's businesses were often used by criminal groups and Russian agents to perform various operations, including an attack on Ukraine's power grid in 2015.

But while the report links Gubarev's companies to Russia's greater efforts to interfere in the presidential elections in 2016, it does not claim that the businessman or his leaders actually participated in the hacking operations.

"I have no evidence that they are actually behind a keyboard," said Anthony Ferrante, the report's lead author, in a deposit, according to the Times.

Gubarev refused the inclusion in the hack while his lawyers tried to ensure that the report was being sealed and inaccessible to the public and the media, but the judge in December rejected the request and ordered the documents unsealed.

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Steele and his company, Orbis Business Intelligence, were employed by Glenn Simpson's US based company, Fusion GPS, to work on the dossier and promote the content of journalists. Fusion GPS received $ 1.8 million through the law firm Perkins Coie, with the money paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

A transcript of an independent court report also shows that an associate of late US senator John McCain, R-Ariz., Was in contact with several journalists and officials in an attempt to convey the dossier.

David Kramer, a former prime minister, said on December 13, 2017, that the deposit was sent to reporters at McClatchy, NPR, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and BuzzFeed and CNN's Carl Bernstein, according to Daily call.

The report by Steele was also shared with State Secretary Victoria Nuland, Obama National Security Counsel official Celeste Wallander and Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

Kramer said that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson suggested he use McCain to pass the file around.

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"I think they felt that a senior Republican was better off being the recipient of this rather than a democrat because if it was a democrat, I think it was supposed to have been dismissed. as a political attack, "Kramer said according to the expiration.