Saturday, 23 March, 2019

US disrupted Russian trolls on day of November election

James Martin  CNET James Martin CNET
Wayne Curry | 02 March, 2019, 07:06

The US military took a Russian "troll factory" offline during the congress elections past year, writes The Washington Post on the basis of sources in American politics.

The agency reportedly has connections to numerous Russian intelligence officials, identified by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Counsel Robert Mueller as having interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Russian internet trolls meddled in the 2016 election by using social networking platforms including Facebook and Twitter to spread misinformation and sow discord, the USA intelligence community previously concluded.

"They basically took the IRA offline", one person close to the matter told the Post. The IRA is the Russian "troll farm" authorities say used social media to sow discord among Americans leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Cyber Command had no immediate comment on the report.

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Cyber Command's offensive operations are highly classified and rarely made public.

Since October 2018, the United States have also sent messages threatening the Internet Research Agency staff and hackers who collaborate with the GRU.

Bolton said the move would "create structures of deterrence that will demonstrate to adversaries that the cost of their engaging in operations against us is higher than they want to bear".

Since those indictments, the breadth of the troll farm's activities have come to light. The country already said it would be more active if Russian Federation were to try to influence the American elections again.

Since Donald Trump was elected president, the report said, Russian trolls have put out messages urging Mexican-American and other Hispanic voters to mistrust USA institutions.

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