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Very English Coop d'Etat

Published by artvandelay on 2024-01-22 21:11

Thousands of emails allegedly from Brexist supporters including former British spymaster Richard Dearlove, campaigner Gisela Stuart, historian Robert Tombs, and others.

Be aware that the emails are almost certainly incomplete and cherry-picked.

Allegations of State Sponsorship

According to Reuters' reporting:

Shane Huntley, who directs Google's Threat Analysis Group, told Reuters that the "English Coop" website was linked to what the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O)-owned company knew as "Cold River," a Russia-based hacking group.

"We're able to see that through technical indicators," Huntley said.

Huntley said that the entire operation – from Cold River's hacking attempts to publicizing the leaks – had "clear technical links" between one another.

Thomas Rid, a cybersecurity expert at Johns Hopkins University, also pointed out similarities in the MO between to Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks.


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Editor Notes

According to Google's Threat Analysis Group, the leak is linked to a group they knew as "Cold River," a Russia-based hacking group. One of the victims, a former British spymaster, agrees.