The appearance of such databases in the public domain may be related to modern politics. According to Andrey Arsentiev, head of analytics and special projects at InfoWatch, information from leaked databases can be useful for studying voters’ preferences, persuading them to protest or setting them up to choose a candidate.

Anastasia Fedorova, a leading analyst of the Information Security direction of the Krok IT company, believes that such leaks may be a deliberate provocation. In her opinion, the expanded volume of data contained in these databases may indicate that their source is the state system. One of the experts interviewed by Kommersant suggests, based on the pseudonym of the user who posted the databases on the Network, that this may be “the first stage of preparation for accusing Russian hackers of interfering in the US presidential election.”

How hackers make money from other hackers

Users of the forum, where Gorka9 posts links to databases with information about Americans, came up with a scheme to monetize these databases, moreover at the expense of the American state. In the summer of 2020, information about the Rewards for Justice program (“Rewards for Justice”) was widely disseminated.

This program allows you to receive money from the US government for the facts of interference of foreign citizens in American elections. According to one of the forum users, he was paid a reward in the amount of $4,000 (294.1 thousand rubles at the exchange rate of the Central Bank on September 1, 2020) for sending them a link to a database with personal data of Connecticut residents.