20 Aug 2019

Twitter bans 936 accounts managed by the Chinese state, aimed at Hong Kong protests

After Twitter was called out for running Chinese state-sponsored ads that attacked protesters in Hong Kong, the social media platform on Monday banned 936 accounts for “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong.” The company said that the accounts had been part of a “coordinated state-backed

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19 Aug 2019

Twitter is displaying China-made ads attacking Hong Kong protesters

Twitter is under fire for allowing China’s propaganda apparatus to run ads on the platform that attack protesters in Hong Kong. Twitter ads paid for by Chinese state media describe the ongoing protests in the semi-autonomous city as “escalating violence” and promote the restoration of “order.” While Twitter is blocked

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17 Jun 2019

Twitter wipes out thousands of fake accounts connected to Iran, Russia

Once again, Twitter has purged thousands of inauthentic user accounts connected to influence operations. A total of 4,779 accounts were removed, many of which were tied to the Iranian regime, while a few were linked to Russia. According to the social media platform, more than 1,600 of the fraudulent accounts

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17 May 2019

Facebook Bans Israeli Firm For Election Meddling

Facebook says it has taken down a massive Israeli influence operation targeting voters in Africa. The campaign comprised 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages, Groups and events that engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” orchestrated by Israeli lobbying firm Archimedes Group. The campaign had accumulated around 2.8 million followers on the

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11 Mar 2019

Russian Trolls Shift Strategy to Disrupt U.S. Election in 2020

Cybersecurity experts believe that Russian efforts to interfere in the 2020 US elections are taking on a slightly different form than in the past, with Internet trolls using fake social made accounts to “amplify” politically divisive content, rather than creating new content as they did in 2016. The shift in

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06 Feb 2019

The Russian Threat – An OODA Network Webinar

OODA Network Members are invited to participate in our webinar on the Russian Threat scheduled for Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

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01 Feb 2019

Twitter, Facebook Removed Thousands Of Fake Accounts Tied To Iran, Russia Before 2018 Mid-Terms

Both Twitter and Facebook have taken action to address malicious influence campaigns on their platforms. Twitter removed thousands of accounts that had actively tweeted on the 2018 U.S. midterm election, despite originating from countries such as Iran, Russia and Venezuela. Many of these accounts had already been suspended before the elections.

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09 May 2018

Estonia Report Provides Critical Insight into Russian Security Threat

A new international security report produced by the country of Estonia is essential reading for anyone interested in Russian security issues, both in the cyber domain and in Eastern Europe. “Estonian security institutions have been talking for years about attempts on Russia’s part to splinter the unity and trust that

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