Activist Group Publishes 'Hacked E-Mails' From Russia
A self-described "transparency collective" has released a massive trove
of hacked e-mails and leaked documents from what it describes as
"Russian politicians, journalists, oligarchs, [and] religious, and
The materials were published online on January 25 by a group calling
itself Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDOS), which says it is "aimed at
enabling the free transmission of data in the public interest."
The co-founder of the group, U.S. journalist Emma Best, said the
materials would include various archives of hacked and leaked materials
related to Russia that have been difficult for researchers to locate,
the Daily Beast reported on January 25.
The group's website would bring together these materials into one location online, Best said.
A day before the release, Best, a transparency activist focusing on
national-security matters, told RFE/RL that some of the documents slated
for release had not "previously" been found by the group.
"The rest is rather obscure and largely unknown or forgotten," Best said.
"We can’t certify that any portion of it has never been released, though," Best added.
Numerous batches of private e-mails and documents from Russian officials
and businessman have been published online in recent years, including
those purportedly from the e-mail account of senior Kremlin aide
Ukrainian hackers claimed responsibility for an alleged 2016 hack of
Surkov’s e-mail account, the contents of which appeared to show his
office’s involvement with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The Kremlin at the time did not explicitly say that the contents of
those materials were fraudulent but suggested they may have been forged.
DDOS said the documents it released on January 25 included materials
from "nationalists," "separatists," and "terrorists" operating in
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