Proud Boys Sent Threatening Emails to Florida Voters Via Spoofed Address
The Proud Boys have emerged as one of 2020’s most high-profile hot button issues as their scare tactics continue to dominate the news cycle ever since they received a shout out from Donald Trump at the first Presidential Debate. The group has been deemed a terrorist organization as their protests have seen more violence spilling over from the internet into real life. The Proud Boys showed up to gather outside Walter Reed Hospital to show their allegiance to Trump as he recovered from the coronavirus, and can even be seen in an official Trump campaign video.
Now residents in Florida are learning about the Proud Boys and how they operate. Several Democratic voters in the battleground state have received unsolicited and threatening emails with “Vote for Trump or else!” in the subject line.
“We are in possession of all your information,” the email reads. “You are currently registered as a Democrat, and we know this because we have gained access into the entire voting infrastructure. You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply. We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously if I were you. Good luck.”
Motherboard traced the IP address to an Estonian IP, suggesting the senders spoofed the email address displayed to receivers. The Proud Boys have claimed to have nothing to do with the emails, but Motherboard suggests someone connected to the group must have at least had the computer savvy to obtain the specific voter information:
The email headers and the fact that this man’s email was unique to his voting records suggests that the Proud Boys, or whoever was pretending to be them, got the man’s details from public voter rolls, accessible to anyone. VICE was able to confirm that the man’s personal details are publicly available online just by searching for his first and last name, plus the keywords “democrat” and “Florida.”
The FBI in Florida is currently investigating the emails. Voter intimidation is a federal offense that carries a very real prison sentence. Which would be perfectly fine with one of the stars of Oz:
PROUD BOYS ARE SENDING FLORIDA VOTERS THREATENING EMAILS TO VOTE FOR TRUMP OR ELSE!
OUR VOICES CANNOT BE BOUGHT.
OUR VOICES CANNOT BE THREATENED.
OUR VOICES CANNOT BE SILENCED.
WE WILL BE HEARD!
— Kirk Acevedo🇺🇸 (@kirkacevedo) October 20, 2020