Latest news reports suggest a new site called Distributed Denial of Secrets collects hacked and leaked material from across the web and published 108 gigabytes of data named as “Dark Side of the Kremlin.” This contains a major collection of documents and emails which belong to Russian government and oligarch. Russian government officials seem to be getting a taste of their own medicine.
The emails and documents include correspondences from the Russian Interior Ministry, the Russian weapons exporter Rosoboronexport, and Kremlin officials, oligarchs, and separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.
On Friday the incident took place, according to Emma Best, co-founder of Distributed Secrets, a journalist and transparency activist in a message to the Foreign Policy said the documents and emails “show how the Russian power system is interconnected, and documents influence operations in real time—from those separatists/terrorists backed by Russia to those in the Orthodox and business worlds.”
Russia attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election captured the world’s attention, while on the other hand, a similar operation to hack within Russia were rampant. This can be seen as several documents and emails related to the government ministries, Kremlin officials, and even the prime minister are spread across the internet.
Though such material was available earlier as well on the internet it was scattered. Distributed Denial of Secrets is the first official site to have gathered such leaked material from across the world internet, along with other such leaks around the world and has for the first time gathered up these Russian leaks, along with dozens of others from around the world, and categorically arranged them into a single, easy-to-access site.
The aim of the founder of Distributed Denial of Secrets is to build on the early promise of WikiLeaks to expose corruption and promote government transparency.
The site contain material containsd by groups with conflicting agendas, including Shaltai Boltai, a hacker group behind the hacking of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s email and his Twitter account in 2014. The hacking group is known to have involved in hacking some of Russia’s top politicians, it has also worked with FSB which is a successor organization to the KGB.
The site also has a collection of some documents which WikiLeaks refused to publish, which includes leaks from the Russian interior ministry. The archives of the site include some greatest hacking hits from recent years and some overlooked gems.
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