Tales of the New Cold War: The Demonization of Vladimir Putin. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton University @TheNation.com EastWestAccord.com

Nov 02, 2016, 03:09 AM

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Tales of the New Cold War: The Demonization of Vladimir Putin. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton University @TheNation.com EastWestAccord.com


“…Clinton followed up with two more tweets about Trump’s “ties and connections to Russia.”

What the Foer story lacked, however, was the most obvious explanation of the “suspicious” communication between the Trump and Alfa servers. It also failed to ask some important questions about the data upon which it was based.

Foer’s piece links to the registration record for the trump-email.com domain, which the server hosted. It names the Trump Organization as the registrant, but a different company -- Cendyn, of Boca Raton, Florida -- as the domain’s administrator. This means Trump owned, but didn’t run, trump-email.com; Cendyn did. Cendyn is a company that promotes hotels. As Rob Graham, a well-known hacker specializing in "offensive security," noted on the blog of his company, Errata Security, Cendyn had a number of similar domains for other clients in the same internet address range. The Cendyn servers send promotional e-mails, otherwise known as spam. Foer’s story mentioned that another organization that interacted with trump-email.com, Michigan-based Spectrum Health, investigated the matter and found "a small number of incoming spam marketing e-mails" about Trump hotels that had originated from Cendyn. So if the Trump server was sending out bulk e-mails, why were Alfa Bank and Spectrum Health sending something in response? Naadir Jeewa, a London-based IT consultant, has a credible explanation: Alfa Bank’s corporate e-mail servers were set up to check if the servers that sent mail were what they pretended to be. Such measures are meant to cut off spammers masquerading as legitimate organizations. To determine legitimacy, the domain name in the sender’s address needs to match the server address -- a set of numbers separated by periods -- recorded for that domain. Otherwise the system will reject the message. Jeewa tried to impersonate trump-email.com, but the Alfa Bank system refused his message. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-11-01/clinton-plugs-another-weak-story-about-trump-s-ties-to-putin