A computer researcher who published technical data she claimed pointed to ties between a Russian bank and the Trump campaign was warned by the bank that she may have been deceived by a hoax.
Alfa Bank urged L. Jean Camp, a researcher with Indiana University, to preserve any and all communications with others regarding her research and Alfa Bank in a letter obtained by Circa. Camp's research showed an unusually large amount of domain name system (DNS) lookups between Alfa Bank servers and Trump Organization servers.
The FBI initially dismissed the activity between Alfa and Camp as the result of spammers, but Alfa recently found evidence it was the work of a hacker trying to create a hoax.
Alfa Bank listed litigation under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which lets companies sue for damages in the event of unauthorized computer access, as a possible legal response for claims that it had ties to the Trump Organization.
“Recent media reports indicate that you disclosed certain computer data regarding Alfa Bank to the public last year and encouraged inquiries into supposed links to the Trump Organization,” the letter reads. “Those same reports suggest that your activities continue to this day to promote an unwarranted investigation into Alfa Bank’s ‘communication’ with the Trump Organization.”
We are trying to get to the bottom of the fabricated story that Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization might have a link.
An Alfa Bank spokesman told Circa Camp "might be a victim of this deception," referring to what it has described as a hoax.
Camp, as Circa has previously reported, supported Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency and donated to her campaign multiple times.
Camp has continued to call for an investigation based on her findings.
The DNS lookup data was posted on Reddit and later by Camp on her personal website. After the FBI dismissed the data as the result of spammers, she continued to demand the media and the FBI re-examine the findings. She said Clinton's electoral defeat was due to a disproportionate focus on her email scandal rather than allegations of Trump's ties to Russia.
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