Circa News says that a Russian bank has reported to U.S. authorities that mysterious communications resumed recently between one of its computers and an email server tied to President Trump’s business empire, and it has developed evidence the new activity may be the work of a hacker trying to create a political hoax. Reporters John Solomon and Sara Carter said today:
"... Alfa Bank is asking the U.S. Justice Department for help solving the mystery and pledged its full cooperation ... Alfa wants U.S. authorities to help unmask a computer inside the United States that it believes has been used to launch cyberattacks spoofing the appearance of a backdoor communication channel between Moscow and America’s 45th president, according to a source directly familiar with the bank’s request ... The bank believes 'these malicious attacks are designed to create the false impression that Alfa Bank has a secretive relationship with the Trump Organization,' the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity..."This story was featured on the Sean Hannity radio show on Sirius XM radio (satellite radio) today during which a Circa News reporter explained the unprecedented development, in which a foreign government's entity (Alfa Bank) is requesting the American government's Department of Justice to open an investigation into what it alleges amounts to a hacking of its computer servers. From their web site report:
"...Alfa Bank has insisted since media stories began appearing last fall about the computer communications -- known as Domain Name Server lookups -- that it has never had a relationship to Trump or any of his companies and that any computer connections between the two parties’ computers were innocuous. The resumption of the computer pings started last month, and Alfa’s cybersecurity experts traced evidence that the activity was actually being spoofed -- or hacked --through a third party from a masked computer address inside the United States ..."According to Solomon and Carter, "... The attacks attempted to trigger verification signals between Alfa Bank and a server associated with the Trump Organization ... The source said the spoofing attempt is equivalent to someone in the U.S. sending an empty envelope to the Trump Towers but putting on the envelope a return address in Russia, causing the Trump server to falsely return the communication back to Moscow ... The source cautioned it does not yet have evidence that the same activity occurred between last May through September, causing the generation of the first server pings that computer scientists reported last fall might be evidence of secret communications between Trump and Russia ... Alfa’s working hypothesis about those earlier connections had been routine computer communications caused when an email server responds to commercial spam mail. The new evidence may lead to a re-evaluation of that conclusion, the source said..."
The report suggests that someone in the U.S. is attempting to create surreptitiously, a link between Russia and Trump, presumably to create a "smoking gun," that would implicate a Russia-Trump connection, as is being alleged by "mainstream" media outlets, Trump critics, and his detractors.
One of the reporters, Sara Carter, appeared on Fox's Sean Hannity show, several days ago, during which she said that an Indiana University professor L. Jean Camp, a recognized expert whose work includes federal research on the security of Internet-connected devices, became a spokesperson last fall for a loose group of computer researchers who reported they had detected a series of communications between a commercial email server registered at Trump’s office in New York City and a server at Alfa Bank in Russia.
According to Carter, Camp was dissatisfied with the tepid attention the FBI and the news media were giving to information her group had provided that she alleged connected Trump and Russia and made her concerns public on Twitter:
"... Camp’s name surfaced in stories just before and after the election, raising the concerns she and her colleagues had about the potential connections between the two servers, which were captured between May 1, 2016 and mid-September. The first stories emerged in late October and early November, just days before Trump defeated Clinton ... 'These organizations are communicating in a way designed to block other people out,' Camp was quoted in a late October article in Slate. Other scientists shared her intrigue about the data but also acknowledged there could be a more innocent explanation for the computer communications..."Carter, revealed, however, that Camp's alleged Trump-Russia connections may be tainted with political bias. "... Federal Election Commission records state Camp made a total of 22 small contributions in 2016 to Clinton’s presidential campaign totaling $1,547. The first was recorded on April 23, 2016, and the last on Election Day. The records list earlier donations totaling $1,150 to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, as well as smaller amounts to other liberal causes, like MoveOn.org’s political action committee and the Democratic National Committee. Camp confirmed the donations by phone..."
As recently as about a week ago, Carter reports, "... FBI officials have not found any evidence of criminal collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, aimed at influencing the outcome of the 2016 election. Intelligence officials delivered a similar message to congressional leaders in recent days..."