It was said that, Robert Fisher ,a Trial lawyer, is in charge of handling one of America’s most important counter-intelligence cases. He is defending an MIT scientist who is being charged with assisting China secretly.
Not until recent, according to US News, to eve talk about the most hidden material — wiretaps, witnesses and national security concerns – could be electronically filed . However, that has changed following the huge Russian hacking campaign which breached the United States court system’s electronic case filing with those of many other federal agencies and private firms.
It was alleged that the Russian government played huge role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with the aim of truncating the Hillary Clinton campaign and increasing of Donald Trump candidacy, the effect which has caused an increased political and social discord in the US.
An Internet Research Agency (IRA), situated in Saint Petersburg, Russia created a very large number of social media accounts(in thousands) disguised to be Americans supporting radical political groups. Millions of social media users were reached with the space of 4 years (2013-2017). False articles and were put online from Russian government-controlled media, and promoted on social media.
The recent rules made for filing sensitive documents has actually shown vividly ways this hack has hit on the court system. Hackers had most likely accessed a large number of confidential information hidden in sealed documents, part of which includes trade secrets, espionage targets, whistleblower reports and arrest warrants.
These documents now are said to uploaded to a stand-alone( not connected to the network or internet) PC at the courthouse meaning that lawyers will not able to gain access to the documents outside the courthouse.
SolarWinds software( through which Russia was able to intrude) has US President, Joe Biden in an early confrontation with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. This is giving the U.S. senators a great concern about the “possible danger” to U.S. intelligence.
The Administrative Office of United States Courts affirmed the court system breach on Jan. 6, adding a victims’ list that contains the State Department, the National Institutes of Health, tech firm etc. United States officials have traced the act to elite Russia hackers.
Criminal, civil and bankruptcy filings are purported to have been altered, however, not the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court system, that handles national security surveillance warrants, as affirmed by the court employees.
Senators are currently putting pressure on court officials and the Justice Department for a fundamental assessment of the damage to the legal system.