Link Between Russian Bank and Trump Server
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+8364) 5 months ago
Well, this doesn't look very good ...

I've written mail software in the past, and from the article this appears to be SMTP DNS lookups that the FBI fumbled upon between:

#1 - A Russian Bank (Alfa Bank) and a Trump server (2,820 times), and

#2 - Spectrum Health (Betsy DeVos's husband, she being the new Education Secretary) and a Trump server (714 times).

Link #2 doesn't really matter - other than the fact it is there - which kind of shows the relevance of the #1 link.

Although, why only those 2 sources accounted for 99% of the DNS lookups to that particular private Trump mail server ... well, that's another issue to contemplate.



FBI investigation continues into 'odd' computer link between Russian bank and Trump Organization

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Last year, a small group of computer scientists obtained internet traffic records from the complex system that serves as the internet's phone book. Access to these records is reserved for highly trusted cybersecurity firms and companies that provide this lookup service.

These signals were captured as they traveled along the internet's Domain Name System (DNS).

These leaked records show that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a particular Trump Organization computer server in the United States.

In the computer world, it's the equivalent of looking up someone's phone number -- over and over again. While there isn't necessarily a phone call, it usually indicates an intention to communicate, according to several computer scientists.

What puzzled them was why a Russian bank was repeatedly looking up the contact information for mail1.trump-email.com.

Publicly available internet records show that address, which was registered to the Trump Organization, points to an IP address that lives on an otherwise dull machine operated by a company in the tiny rural town of Lititz, Pennsylvania.

From May 4 until September 23, the Russian bank looked up the address to this Trump corporate server 2,820 times -- more lookups than the Trump server received from any other source.

As noted, Alfa Bank alone represents 80% of the lookups, according to these leaked internet records.

Far back in second place, with 714 such lookups, was a company called Spectrum Health.

Spectrum is a medical facility chain led by Dick DeVos, the husband of Betsy DeVos, who was appointed by Trump as U.S. education secretary.

Together, Alfa and Spectrum accounted for 99% of the lookups.

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Read More: http://www.cnn.com/2017/0...index.html
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+8364) 5 months ago
I looked up the WHOIS info for Trump's mail server.

Name: Trump Orgainzation
Organization: Trump Orgainzation
Street: 725 Fifth Avenue
City: New York
State: New York
Postal Code: 10022
Country: US
Phone: +1.2128322000
Email: generalcounsel@trumporg.com

trump-email.com: https://www.whois.com/who...-email.com

Really??? Are you kidding me? For some reason, they didn't manage to get the spelling of "Organization" correct, but it has all the other info to indicate it is legitimate. The email address ultimately controls the domain name, and it and everything else is the same as other Trump stuff.

trump.com: https://www.whois.com/whois/trump.com
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+1835) 5 months ago
Interesting and there is so much more.
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1270) 5 months ago
Check out point #3 in this article.

"Connecting Trump’s Dots to Russia," by Nicholas Kristof, New York Times,
March 9, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2...collection
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Posted by Oddjob (+108) 5 months ago
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Looking beyond the delusional knee-jerk assumptions of Trump-Russian collusion, I have several questions that perhaps you can answer.

Could the "lookups" be something as innocuous as a bug in a program running at the Russian bank?

Could the "lookups" be something as sinister as probing the Trump server for a hack?

Is it difficult to figure out why a medical services business would have reason to make numerous contacts with the general counsel of an organization with thousands of employees?

[Edited by Oddjob (3/10/2017 10:37:01 AM)]

[Edited by Oddjob (3/10/2017 10:39:18 AM)]
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+8364) 5 months ago
Reply to Oddjob (#371149)
Oddjob wrote:
Could the "lookups" be something as innocuous as a bug in a program running at the Russian bank?

Could the "lookups" be something as sinister as probing the Trump server for a hack?

Possibly. But in either case, the originator would had to have known about the existence of the server in order to contact it. It is assigned to an obscure 3rd level domain, which does not appear to have been published anywhere. And if only 2 places accounted for 99% of the DNS lookups to it - then you kind of have to wonder how or why that was occurring.
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Posted by Bridgier (+7441) 5 months ago
NOTHING TO SEE HERE COMRADES, PLEASE MOVE ALONG.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+9364) 5 months ago
Maybe someone on the Trump team is a paid lobbyist for this Russian bank, and might be registered as a foreign agent?

Naw, that would be too far fetched.
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Posted by Oddjob (+108) 5 months ago
Reply to MilesCity.com Webmaster (#371150)
Thanks....
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1270) 5 months ago
Turns out that this Russian oligarch, Mikhail Fridman, made his fortune in oil and gas. (I bet he knows Trump’s new Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson!) He also co-founded Alfa Bank, you know, the bank that was attempting to connect to Trump’s server 2,820 times. Gosh, now more than ever, I really wish Trump would turn over his tax returns!

Slide 10 explains on msn explains Fridman this way:

“Mikhail Fridman, Net Worth: $14.2 Billion.
One of Russia’s richest men, Mikhail Fridman co-founded conglomerate Alfa-Group in 1988 and Alfa-Bank in 1990, which has since become Russia’s largest private bank. Fridman is one of the founders of investment firm LetterOne, which comprises L1 Energy and L1 Technology, and sits on the board of a number of multinational companies.“

Learn more at:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/...p#image=10

http://fortune.com/2016/1...alfa-bank/

https://en.wikipedia.org/...il_Fridman
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