LONDON (UK) – Selected trade papers torn up before the 2019 British election were stolen from the email account of former Trade Minister Liam Fox by Russian suspects, two sources with specific information on the matter told the media.
Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation of the law, said chefs logged into the account several times between July 12 and Oct. 21 last year.
They declined to name any Russian party or organization they believe was responsible, but said the attack was a signal of a government operation.
The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Among the stolen data were six transcripts illustrating trade negotiations between Britain and the United States, first reported by Media last year and released online and distributed online through a Russian disinformation campaign.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed the report last month, saying “Russian players” wanted to disrupt the election “through illegal internet access and illegal government documents”.
The media could not determine which Fox email accounts had been hacked and when it began to be compromised. It is not clear whether Pox, who is now a Member of Parliament but stepped down as Minister of Commerce on July 24 last year in a cabinet reshuffle, was minister at the time.
Media has asked a Fox spokesman to comment on his hacking. Fox spokespersons have repeatedly declined to comment on Media’ acquisition details.
The hacking of Fox’s account – which has not been reported before – and the subsequent leak of documents drafted before last year’s election are just one example of Russia’s alleged attempts to infiltrate British politics.
Last season Moscow repeatedly denied allegations of running in Britain, France, the United States and other countries. Russia’s foreign ministry has described Raab’s latest British allegations as “foggy and contradictory”.
A British parliamentary report released last month found that Moscow had tried to influence the interview for Scottish independence in 2014, and that the British government had failed to adequately investigate Russia’s attempts to vote for Brexit in 2016.
Fox’s email account was hacked using a message called a “sensitive identity theft spear,” which tricks him into giving away passwords and login details, sources said.
Sources said it was unclear whether the hijackers were stealing the personal documents of the individuals they later found online.
After being first posted online by an anonymous internet user in the polls last year, the stolen documents were seized by an opposition group of British workers during the election campaign.
We have said they show the government’s aggression in selling the National Health Service which is popular in the United States, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has denied that.