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U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms

US officials said that during the 2018 midterm elections, the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), which is a known troll farm owned by an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, was cut off from the Internet by the US Cyber Command. The aim of the operation, which Pentagon officials consider to have been a success, was to thwart Russian attempts at election meddling.

Some Senators, including Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), applauded the role of Cyber Command in preventing Russian interference in the midterms. “The fact that the 2018 election process moved forward without successful Russian intervention was not a coincidence,” Rounds stated, adding that without the efforts of Cyber Command, there “would have been some very serious cyber-incursions.”

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