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Post #828 by Addie » Tue May 23, 2017 10:20 am

Long read. Bannon-Kushner feud traced to competing data ops.

NYRB: How He Used Facebook to Win ...

But weeks before the Mercers set up Making America Great, Brad Parscale had already created his own Trump advocacy group, called America First Policies. The creation of two independent organizations both ostensibly aimed at mustering support for Trump appears to have presaged the fault line that is now emerging between Steve Bannon and the Mercers on one side, and Jared Kushner (and by default Giles-Parscale) on the other. This division was also manifest days after the election as members of team Trump took a victory lap, with Cambridge Analytica’s Nix crediting his firm with the win, and Parscale declaring to the contrary that it was his and Kushner’s overall digital strategy that took Trump over the top.

Either way, that rift pulls back the curtain on contemporary electioneering—electioneering in the age of big data and social media, both of which were crucial to Trump’s victory, and were used in innovative ways that are likely to be adopted by other candidates from both parties. As Daniel Kreiss points out in his book Prototype Politics, losing campaigns, especially, look to the winning one “to find models for future action.”


Also this morning:

Politico: FEC member urges escalated Trump-Russia inquiry

A member of the Federal Election Commission is calling on the agency to investigate whether Russian agents paid for Facebook ads to spread damaging stories about Hillary Clinton ahead of last fall’s presidential election.

“I think there is potential there for finding a violation, but I don’t want to suggest that I have prejudged anything that could potentially come before me,” said FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic appointee to the commission.


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National Review August 5 2016: The GOP nominee makes a late attempt at data-driven targeted messaging.

The company closely associated with Ted Cruz’s data-centric primary campaign has switched teams: Cambridge Analytica, the London-based outfit that boasts an ability to target voters based on their unconscious psychological biases is now working behind the scenes for Donald Trump. According to a Trump aide, the company has approximately ten data scientists embedded with Giles-Parscale, the San Antonio-based firm behind Trump’s website and his broader digital operation, to which the campaign paid $1.6 million in June alone.


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Post #829 by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue May 23, 2017 11:08 am

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More on the FEC inquiries at http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/2 ... ook-238695:

Her assertion comes as agency staff is already moving to investigate a related complaint filed in December by a pair of watchdog groups against President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, according to two sources familiar with the agency’s handling of the complaint. They said that, if the investigation proceeds apace, agency staff could be expected to incorporate the recent revelations about Facebook ads into their fact-finding. :snippity:

The bipartisan FEC is generally better known for gridlock than speedy or aggressive investigations. Yet there are some signs that it might make an exception when it comes to foreign spending in U.S. elections.

The commissioners in October unanimously agreed to prioritize investigations into complaints about foreign spending. And in some ways, the FEC's inquiry into Trump and Russia could offer greater transparency, accountability and focus than the congressional or law enforcement investigations.

The FEC, on the other hand, is charged exclusively with monitoring and enforcing the Federal Election Campaign Act. It bars foreign nationals, companies or governments from donating to U.S. campaign committees or from making expenditures "for the purpose of influencing" an election, and it also prohibits campaigns from coordinating with outside entities, including foreign ones.


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Post #830 by MsDaisy » Tue May 23, 2017 11:12 am

CIA director warned Russian security service chief about interference in election

Former CIA director John Brennan said Tuesday that he personally warned the head of Russia’s intelligence service last year that Moscow’s interference in the U.S. election would backfire and cause severe damage to the country’s relationship with the United States.

Describing a previously undisclosed high-level discussion between Washington and Moscow, Brennan said in a phone conversation with the head of Russia’s domestic security service, the FSB, that “American voters would be outraged by any Russian attempt to interfere in the election.”

In congressional testimony, Brennan said that such meddling “would destroy any near-term prospect of improvement” in relations between the United States and Russia. Brennan said that the FSB chief, Alexander Bortnikov, twice denied that Russia was waging such a campaign, but said he would carry Brennan’s message to Russian President Vladi¬mir Putin.

“I believe I was the first U.S. official to brace Russia on this matter,” Brennan said. His remarks came at the start of his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee as part of that panel’s ongoing investigation of a Russian influence campaign in the 2016 presidential election, as well as whether there was collusion or coordination between Moscow and members of the Trump campaign.

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Post #831 by Addie » Fri May 26, 2017 10:10 am

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Russian Hackers Are Using ‘Tainted’ Leaks to Sow Disinformation ...

Hacks of State

The Citizen Lab report goes further, though, showing new evidence that the CyberBerkut isn’t just an independent hacktivist organization. They also show that CyberBerkut has key links to the group known as Fancy Bear or APT28, which cybersecurity firms and US intelligence agencies have agreed pulled off the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

That detective work began when Citizen Lab analyzed the URL shortener, known as Tiny.cc, that the hackers had used to generate the link that led Satter to the phishing site. They found they could generate “adjacent” URLs that were almost certainly created by the same user, and that one of those had been used to hack a reporter at the journalism outlet Bellingcat—an attack that the cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect had tied to Fancy Bear.

In analyzing more of the “adjacent” URLs, they found the hundreds of other likely targets of the Russian hackers, including Russian dissidents and foreign government officials. They also discovered that another of the URLs was tied to what appeared to be a test account that security firm FireEye had previously linked to Fancy Bear. And, of course, the Gmail phishing technique matched exactly with the one used against Podesta earlier in 2016.

Citizen Lab’s Deibert admits that none of this is a “smoking gun.” But it’s strong new evidence linking CyberBerkut’s fake leaks to a group already believed to be backed by the Kremlin. “All we can say is that the indicators we uncovered overlap extensively with other public reporting on APT28,” he says. “These, alongside the context of the targets—which match Russian strategic interests both domestically and abroad—provide very strong evidence that Russia is involved in some manner.”


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Post #832 by Addie » Sun May 28, 2017 8:49 am

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Does Vladimir Putin really own Donald Trump? It’s more likely than you think

Imagine the moment when Vladimir Putin first learned that his Russian hackers had struck gold by obtaining the emails of John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Shots of vodka all around, singing, dancing and hurling empty glasses into the fireplace. Then Putin rubs his palms together and begins to scheme: “How best to use this information?”

One obvious ploy would be to secretly approach Donald Trump’s campaign and demand a ransom in exchange for the public release of Podesta’s hacked emails.

Imagine the reaction from Trump: “Absolutely not! I would never compromise my honor and integrity. I would rather lose this election than win in an underhanded manner.”

Ha ha ha! Yeah right.


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Post #833 by Addie » Mon May 29, 2017 1:07 pm

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Russian Social Media Seen as Threat to Ukraine and to Cybersecurity

MOSCOW—Ukraine has taken a drastic step in a continuing cyberwar with Russia, its powerful, nuclear-armed neighbor: shutting down Russia’s homegrown versions of Facebook.

The Ukrainian government earlier this month blocked Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki, Russian-language social media platforms that are hugely popular across the former Soviet Union, saying they were serving as vehicles for pro-Russian propoganda. ...


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Offices of search engine Yandex raided in Ukraine

Ukraine's intelligence agency is searching the offices of Yandex, a Russia-based Internet company best known for its search engine.

Ukrainian authorities earlier this month blocked access to Yandex as well as to several major Russian social media websites. President Petro Poroshenko said the move was made in response to Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula and continuing interference in eastern Ukraine. ...

Olena Gitlyanska, spokeswoman for Ukrainian intelligence agency SBU, said Monday that Yandex's offices in Kiev and Odessa were searched as part of an investigation on treason charges. It was not immediately clear what the charges were related to.


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Post #834 by Addie » Tue May 30, 2017 11:35 am

MJ Timeline:

Mother Jones: Hacks, Leaks, and Tweets: Everything We Now Know About the Attack on the 2016 Election: How the fiasco unfolded, from the Kremlin to Trumpland.

The drumbeat of revelations over the past several weeks has been overwhelming. So we've created this timeline—from the hacking of the Democratic National Committee through the aftermath of Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey—to help you follow this scandal threatening the presidency.


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Post #835 by RVInit » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:43 pm

Putin is changing his story about Russian hacking. Apparently now he is saying that "patriotic Russians" who may have been trained and paid by Russian government may have been responsible. Here is a tweet that links to the New York Times story.

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Post #836 by Addie » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:56 pm

Reuters has this, too.

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Patriotic Russians may have staged cyber attacks on own initiative: Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that patriotic Russian hackers may have staged cyber attacks against countries that had strained relations with Moscow on their own initiative, but said the Russian state had never been involved in such hacking.

Putin, speaking to international media at an economic forum in St Petersburg, was answering a question about allegations Moscow might try to interfere in this year's German elections.

Moscow's attitude towards cyber crime is under intense scrutiny after U.S. intelligence officials alleged that Russian hackers had tried to help Republican Donald Trump win the White House, something Russia has flatly denied.

"If they (hackers) are patriotically-minded, they start to make their own contribution to what they believe is the good fight against those who speak badly about Russia. Is that possible? Theoretically it is possible," said Putin.


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Post #837 by Addie » Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:58 am

Seems to me that we have this from its publication in Switzerland a while back, but I'm not awake enough to find it. :yawn:

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The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin went data-gathering.​

On November 9 at around 8.30 AM., Michal Kosinski woke up in the Hotel Sunnehus in Zurich. The 34-year-old researcher had come to give a lecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) about the dangers of Big Data and the digital revolution. Kosinski gives regular lectures on this topic all over the world. He is a leading expert in psychometrics, a data-driven sub-branch of psychology. When he turned on the TV that morning, he saw that the bombshell had exploded: contrary to forecasts by all leading statisticians, Donald J. Trump had been elected president of the United States.

For a long time, Kosinski watched the Trump victory celebrations and the results coming in from each state. He had a hunch that the outcome of the election might have something to do with his research. Finally, he took a deep breath and turned off the TV.

On the same day, a then little-known British company based in London sent out a press release: "We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communication has played such an integral part in President-elect Trump's extraordinary win," Alexander James Ashburner Nix was quoted as saying. Nix is British, 41 years old, and CEO of Cambridge Analytica. He is always immaculately turned out in tailor-made suits and designer glasses, with his wavy blonde hair combed back from his forehead. His company wasn't just integral to Trump's online campaign, but to the UK's Brexit campaign as well.

Of these three players—reflective Kosinski, carefully groomed Nix and grinning Trump—one of them enabled the digital revolution, one of them executed it and one of them benefited from it.


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Paste: How the Trump-Russia Data Machine Games Google to Fool Americans


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Post #838 by Addie » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:37 am

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It Wasn’t Just The Russians That Made Trump Win

A private source from Trump’s campaign has leaked an invoice from Oak Park Alliance, a high-profile marketing agency specializing in digital marketing. Among the largest charges on the invoice is a $30,000 charge for “30 front-page posts — /r/the_donald.” Among Reddit users, “the_donald” is a well-known community that focused on championing Donald Trump throughout the campaign season. Also included on the invoice are several services, such as downvotes on subreddits supporting democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, publications of high-profile articles, content creation, and one listed as “damage control.”

Oak Park Alliance’s site touts itself as a group of behavioral psychologists and computer scientists offering marketing services for state and local governments, large corporations, financial institutions, and personal branding. When contacted, they stated quite openly that they are able to manipulate any online platform by controlling public conversations by posing as multiple personas, bringing customized content to the front page of large news and social media sites, and even doing what they call “damage control” by manipulating and minimizing negative press that emerge in association with their clients.

According to Oak Park Alliance, “the ultimate goal is not only to create a conversation about whatever you want us to promote, but shift the tone of online conversations in favorable directions. Most users are content consumers, not creators. We use our specialized staff and tools to foster positivity and reduce any negativity that may emerge in association with your product or brand. We create positive comments and move them to the front of the conversation, while pushing any negativity to the bottom to minimize its visibility and influence.” However, the company made no responses when asked about the invoice issued to Trump’s campaign team.

This sort of activity is not entirely new and not always well-hidden. The US Military apparently has been using services that allow them to secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas. Manipulation of consumer thoughts, reactions, and preferences long has been a cornerstone of print and TV product marketing, but the anonymity of the online market brings with it new methods of consumer manipulation. To politicians, voters are consumers, and elections then can be influenced simply by dropping cash to organizations like Oak Park Alliance. The question is, what can anybody do to stop them?


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Post #839 by Addie » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:40 pm

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Who Won the Election? NSA Report Suggests Russia Might Have Hacked Voting System

Russian Military Intelligence attempted to cyberattack a U.S. voting software supplier and more than 100 local election officials in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election, The Intercept reported Monday.

According to an NSA document acquired by the Intercept, Russian Military Intelligence cyberattacked a U.S. voting software supplier, using information gained in that attack to “launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations.”

The NSA document did not reach a conclusion on if the interference had any impact on the outcome of the election. While there’s no indication in the report that voting machines or the result of the election was tampered with, it is the first report of its type that raises serious questions that Russian hackers attempted to breach the voting system.

The report comes amid the growing scandal regarding investigations into President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian attempts to influence the result of the election. Although the intelligence community has reached the conclusion that Russia did try to influence the results of the election in Trump’s favor, the president has called the ongoing investigation a “witch hunt.”


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Business Insider: Top Secret NSA Report: Russian hackers tried to breach US voting systems days before the election ...

Cybersecurity experts fear that hackers breached the voter registration systems hoping they would be networked to actual voting machines, according to the Intercept.

"I would worry about whether an attacker who could compromise the poll book vendor might be able to use software updates that the vendor distributes to also infect the election management system that programs the voting machines themselves," Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society and an electronic voting expert, told the publication.

"Once you do that, you can cause the voting machine to create fraudulent counts," he said.

Pamela Smith, president of the election integrity watchdog Verified Voting, told The Intercept that access to a state voter database would allow a hacker to " take malicious action by modifying or removing information."

“This could affect whether someone has the ability to cast a regular ballot, or be required to cast a ‘provisional’ ballot," she said, "which would mean it has to be checked for their eligibility before it is included in the vote, and it may mean the voter has to jump through certain hoops such as proving their information to the election official before their eligibility is affirmed.”


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Post #840 by Addie » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:46 pm

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Gov't contractor charged with leaking classified info to media

The Department of Justice charged 25-year-old government contractor Reality Leigh Winner with sharing top secret material with a media outlet, prosecutors announced in a press release Monday.

Court documents filed by the government don't specify which media outlet received the materials allegedly leaked by Winner, but NBC News reported that the material went to the Intercept online news outlet.

The Intercept published a top secret NSA report Monday that alleged Russian military intelligence launched a 2016 cyberattack on a voting software company.

Details on the report published by The Intercept suggest that it was created on May 5, 2017 — the same day prosecutors say the materials Winner is charged with sharing were created. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on whether Winner is accused of sharing the report published by the Intercept. ...

Winner, a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation, began working for a government agency based in Georgia in February.

The FBI obtained a warrant over the weekend to search Winner’s home, where she admitted to intentionally removing classified materials, retaining them, and then mailing them to the news outlet, according to the release.


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The Guardian: Russian agents hacked US voting system manufacturer before US election – report


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Post #841 by gupwalla » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:06 pm

Supposedly, this is relevant to the leak of the NSA documents (according to rumors on the internet, which are always true):

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal- ... rials-news

Deputy AG Rosenstein is quoted in the news release, and the FBI's Counterintelligence Section is involved in the investigation.

So we have a female named Reality Leigh Winner (I'm not fucking kidding - that's the name in the supporting documentation) who leaks information that at least keeps the door open a crack that a female was really the winner of the 2016 election, which was ostensibly won by a reality game show host making noise about fake news and security leaks - with the present leak happening on May 9, the exact date in which the aforementioned game show host did on national TV to his FBI Director what he used to do on national TV to his reality show contestant losers.

(And as if on script, the actual publication of this leak happens approximately one day after Vladimir Putin finished his Plausible Deniability Media Tour, and the leaked intel basically trashes any claims of actual plausible deniability. Take that, M. Night.)

Meanwhile, the Director of the NSA and the Director of National Intelligence will give a classified briefing to the House on Wednesday where I'm sure they will be happy to talk about their success in chasing down leakers - and oh by the way what they've discovered in the whole month since this report was first created - while former FBI Director Comey gets his time on the after-show couch in the Senate on Thursday to talk about his experience getting YOU'RE FIRED! by the President.

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Post #842 by Techno Luddite » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:12 pm

gupwalla wrote:Real life is doing a shitty job of keeping me mentally grounded these days.


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Post #843 by gupwalla » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:55 pm

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Post #844 by NMgirl » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:43 am

According to the NSA, the Russian hackers had the ability to change the middle initial for registered voters in id states so that those voters would be disenfranchised. But did the hackers follow through and do that? How would it be determined that they did, in fact, change voter registrations :?: Is this a stupid question :?:



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Post #845 by Techno Luddite » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:56 am

No, that isn't a stupid question, it is a very appropriate question.



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Post #846 by Lani » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:32 am

That is what some election watchers have claimed since before the election. Info on voters was hacked in several states, but we were told it wouldn't alter votes. But mass disenfranchisement would, others said.

There are groups still pouring through voter lists and finding that some voters disappeared while others had their personal data altered. IIRC Florida and Michigan had a lot of discrepancies.

I'll try to dig up those links again. Tomorrow. Too tired tonight. :yawn:


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Post #847 by Slartibartfast » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:08 am

NMgirl wrote:According to the NSA, the Russian hackers had the ability to change the middle initial for registered voters in id states so that those voters would be disenfranchised. But did the hackers follow through and do that? How would it be determined that they did, in fact, change voter registrations :?: Is this a stupid question :?:


Did the hackers follow through?

Probably not on a scale large enough to swing the election, although they could have done some small-scale testing without making it obvious. The more the integrity of our elections is delegitimized, the easier it will be to cover up any outcry about tampering like this.

How would it be determined?

If, for instance, they swung the vote in Michigan then they would have needed to have disenfranchised at least 11,613 Hillary voters. One would expect that many of them would complain about it. I don't think we've seen indications of a wide-spread hack of this sort.

Is this a stupid question?

No. We need to be asking these questions and more. The Russians aren't going to use the same kind of hacks in the next election, they're going to try something newer and better. We've got to get ahead of them before 2018.


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Post #848 by Addie » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:06 am

Business Insider

'This is huge': National security experts were floored by the leaked NSA document on Russian election hack ...

"This is indeed a big deal," said Bob Deitz, a veteran of the NSA and CIA who worked under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. "We are lucky that US presidential elections are so localized that it is difficult to do an effective hack."

Claire Finkelstein, a professor and national security expert at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, said of the document, "Wow, this is huge."

The leaked report is "evidence for the public now to see yet another example of quite a coherent operation" by the Russians, said Glenn Carle, a CIA veteran and former spy. "And that is significant." ...

Trump's response to the NSA's document will be critical, Finkelstein said: "If he does not decry this interference or attempted interference with the machinery of democratic processes in the US, that in and of itself will be highly suspect."

According to the document, the attack was conducted by the GRU, a Russian military-intelligence outfit. "That's no longer just covert activities like email hacking and dissemination of fake news," Finkelstein said. "This starts to look much more like a cyberattack." Though the definition of a cyberattack has not been universally agreed upon, "it could certainly look like a military attack on US interests," Finkelstein added.


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Post #849 by Addie » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:56 pm

Tampa Bay Times

Russian hackers pretended to be Florida company in phishing expedition ...

The company, V.R. Systems, is based in Tallahassee. According to its website, its EViD electronic poll book product is used in California, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. And in Florida? It's only used in at least 52 of 67 counties, including Hillsborough and Pinellas.

The New York Times and the Intercept report that Russia's military intelligence had two hacks. One on Aug. 24 on V.R. Systems, to "evidently obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions." That attack was most likely successful, both report. Then, in late October or early November, Russian officials sent to 122 local elections officials emails that looked as if they came from V.R. Systems. Opening the emails would release malicious software from a remote server.

The hacking came at the same time that the Times/Herald reported that elections officials in Florida were warned of a threat posed by hackers trying to break into the Florida voting system.


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Post #850 by Addie » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:52 pm

Not news to us, but I'm glad to see this stuff is getting around.

New York Daily News

The billionaire GOP patron behind Trump's social media bot army

A GOP donor who once had ties to IBM is the man behind the millions of Twitter bots President Trump counts on as followers who could be employed to target voters with misleading or fake news on social media.

In order for it to work, the scheme relies on the quiet guidance of Robert Mercer, a reclusive Republican mega-donor and staunch Trump supporter, sources told the Daily News.

Mercer, who during the campaign with help from his daughter Rebekah, played a below-the-radar — but integral — role in raising money for Trump and connected him with critical figures like Stephen Bannon. ...

Trump, meanwhile, has accrued among his 30 million Twitter followers — 15 million of which are actually bots that experts have told the Daily News could be “weaponized” to spread fake and misleading news stories that favor the White House or distract from the scandals it now faces.

But with the subtle introduction of advanced technology, by individuals familiar with artificial intelligence, their effectiveness as it pertains to targeting users and interacting with them could escalate rapidly.


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