US clamps sanctions against Pakistani company functioning as Russian proxy

The US on Thursday sanctioned a Pakistan-based organisation and six individuals for trying to influence the US presidential 2020 election on behalf of a Russian network, the News reported

Apr 16, 2021
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The US on Thursday sanctioned a Pakistan-based organisation and six individuals for trying to influence the US presidential 2020 election on behalf of a Russian network, the News reported.

The company Second Eye Solution, and six Pakistani nationals came under fire alongside similar action taken against 32 Russian entities and individuals for allegedly trying to ‘influence’ the US election at the prompting of the Russian government.

The US Department of Treasury Thursday announced that Second Eye Solution  was part of the network that ‘created and sold fraudulent identities’ and assisted the IRA in ‘concealing its identity’ to evade sanctions.

The department’s announcement follows the Intelligence Community’s “Assessment of Foreign Threats to the 2020 US Federal Elections,” The News report said.

“Since at least 2012, SES engaged in a scheme to provide digital photographs of fake documents including passports, driver’s licenses, bank statements, utility bills, and national identity documents.

“SES markets these fake documents for use to verify online accounts including money service business accounts and social media website accounts. In 2017, the IRA purchased 15 fraudulent US driver licenses images from SES. The purchased licenses were used as support documents for online social media accounts opened by the IRA,” the US Department of Treasury said..

(SAM)

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