Tag Archives: Russian

A notorious Russian Twitter troll claims to be back, and Twitter has not stopped it

A Kremlin-linked troll that has become infamous after having fooled thousands of Americans appears to have returned to Twitter more than a week ago. The account is proudly touting itself as a Russian troll in its Twitter bio, but Twitter has taken no action against it. Using the pseudonym “Jenna Abrams” and photographs of a Russian woman, the troll account in its initial incarnation posted more than 25,000 tweets using an invented persona of a conservative American woman. Before it was shut down, “Abrams” amassed a following of more than ...

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Russian politicians dismiss Theresa May 'election meddling' criticism

Media playback is unsupported on your device Senior Russian politicians have dismissed accusations by Theresa May that Moscow has meddled in elections and carried out cyber-espionage. On Monday night, Mrs May accused Moscow of “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”. She said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free societies”. Russian senators accused the UK’s PM of “making a fool of herself” with a “counterproductive” speech. Mrs May’s comments, at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall, were in contrast to those of US President Donald ...

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Russian billionaire linked to Paul Manafort eyes London IPO

A timeline into the Russia investigation The Russians are coming to London. EN+, a sprawling industrial firm that specializes in aluminum production and hydro-electric power, is preparing to go public in London. The holding company, which will sell stock in London and Moscow, has priced its shares at $ 14 ahead of the November 8 debut. The listing by EN+ is generating interest for two reasons: It could signal a return of Russian companies to London, and the firm is controlled by Oleg Deripaska, a business associate of former Trump ...

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Trump adviser George Papadopoulos lied about Russian links

An election campaign adviser to Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timing of meetings with alleged go-betweens for Russia. George Papadopoulos admitted the talks happened while he worked for Mr Trump, not before, court papers show. He said he had been told the Russians possessed “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Separately, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering unrelated to the 2016 election. The charges against Mr Papadopoulos are the first to be brought by Robert Mueller, the ...

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Pokemon Go Was Reportedly Targeted By Russian Disinformation Efforts

Russia’s efforts to influence the United States were, and are, expansive, according to the American Intelligence Community and government officials. As we learn more, we are discovering that the scale of the interference efforts is much larger than previously thought–and even Pokemon Go was targeted. According to a new report from CNN, Russian-linked accounts leveraged the popularity of the mobile game in an effort to play up a divisive topic. Across Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter accounts, actors linked to the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency posted under the name ...

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Israel Caught Russian Hackers Using Kaspersky Software to Spy on the US

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Over the last few years, there have been persistent concerns about Kaspersky Lab and its relationship with the Russian government. Earlier this summer, the Trump Administration announced Kaspersky’s various antivirus and security programs would no longer be allowed on any US government systems. Multiple stores have pulled their products from store shelves. It’s been clear high-level sources in the US government had serious evidence of wrongdoing, but the specifics weren’t public knowledge until yesterday. On ...

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Google 'uncovers Russian ad campaign linked to US election'

Google has found evidence that Russian agents spent tens of thousands of dollars on adverts in a bid to sway the 2016 US election, media reports say. Sources quoted by the Washington Post say the adverts aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s products including YouTube and Gmail. They say the adverts do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-linked source that bought ads on Facebook. Google said it was investigating attempts to “abuse” its systems. US intelligence agencies concluded earlier this year that Russia had tried to sway the ...

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Senate Intel chair: point of Russian ads 'seems to have been to create chaos'

Senate Intel chair: We won’t release Facebook ads “If you look from 10,000 feet,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr told reporters at a briefing Wednesday, “the subject matter” of the 3,000 Russian-bought Facebook ads that have been turned over to his committee “seems to have been to create chaos in every group that they could possibly identify in America.” The Kremlin-linked group that has been tied to those ads seems to have been trying to spread that chaos all over the country. Some of the Russian-bought Facebook ads specifically ...

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Facebook: Russian ads reached 10 million people

Facebook ‘designed for information warfare?’ Facebook says an estimated 10 million people saw at least one of the 3,000 political ads it says were bought by accounts linked to the Russian government. The figure, disclosed by Facebook for the first time on Monday, underscores how effective Russian meddling on social media could be with even a minimal investment. The ad buyers spent just $ 100,000 over two years to target 10 million people, according to figures Facebook has provided about the ad buys. That’s an audience roughly equivalent to the ...

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Exclusive: Fake black activist accounts linked to Russian government

Russia bought Black Lives Matter ad on Facebook A social media campaign calling itself “Blacktivist” and linked to the Russian government used both Facebook and Twitter in an apparent attempt to amplify racial tensions during the U.S. presidential election, two sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The Twitter account has been handed over to Congress; the Facebook account is expected to be handed over in the coming days. Both Blacktivist accounts, each of which used the handle Blacktivists, regularly shared content intended to stoke outrage. “Black people should ...

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