While the campaign team for Donald Trump may dismiss the continuing allegations that the Russian Federation played some role in his rise to presidential office, Moscow’s favourable attitude towards the real estate tycoon cannot be doubted. At least for now. Hillary Clinton and her supporters have a point when they highlight the claims in their post-election apologias, however exaggerated some of the rumours may be. Though, admittedly, whining about foreign interference in the contest shouldn’t detract from her abysmal performance in the race for the White House (even if it is somewhat ameliorated by her huge margins in the popular vote). Of course the average internet user, either in the United States or using American-based servers, was unaware of the covert events taking place in the weeks leading up to the polls as an electronic pro-Trump insurgency was waged across the world wide web.
Even An Sionnach Fionn, an Irish republican website, was caught up on the edges of the cyber-canvassing. One of the odder anomalies to emerge from my internet statistics and analytics in the days before the election is featured below. Notice how Google reads the language of the device visiting my website as, “Secret.google.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!“. This aligns up with the location of a repeat visitor from the same period in St. Petersburg, Russia, linking further back to a communications’ service provider in the city, Comfortel Ltd., situated on Detskiy Street. The company, via the website comfotel.pro, works with businesses and individuals in the region. Its offices are a forty minute drive from the four-story building at 55 Savushkina Street which formerly housed some of Russia’s infamous, state-sponsored internet commentators and trolls. However in this case the culprit seems to be one Vitaly Popov, a notorious and web-ingenious Russian spammer. I must admit to having more than a little admiration for his tech-savvy abilities. Where are the Fenian hackers?