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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:35 pm

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Facebook Found Election Ad Spending Likely Linked to Russia

Facebook Inc. says it found about $100,000 in ad spending connected to fake accounts likely run from Russia that aimed to stir political controversy in the U.S. ahead of the presidential election.

While the majority of the ads, run between June 2015 and May 2017, did not directly reference the election, they amplified “divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum,” Facebook said in a statement. They were connected to about 470 fake accounts and pages on the social network. The company is sharing its findings with U.S. investigators.

“Our analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia,” Facebook said. The ads align with a broader strategy to misinform the public through a new category of attack Facebook calls “information operations,” outlined in a white paper earlier this year.

Facebook has deleted the accounts and pages since it discovered them. The company also looked for other ads that may have originated in Russia, in a broader search that included U.S. computers with the language set to Russian. In that review, the company found $50,000 spent on 2,200 ads that were potentially political.
Adding:
New York Times: Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads
Wired: Thousands of Facebook Ads Tied to Bogus Russian Accounts
WaPo: Russian firm tied to pro-Kremlin propaganda advertised on Facebook during election
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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:10 pm

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Russian politician says on live TV that Russia stole U.S. presidency

Russian politician Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of the Duma, said U.S. "intelligence missed it when Russian intelligence stole the president of the United States." He made the remarks on a Russian panel show, "Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov."

The episode centered on the U.S.' diminishing power on the world stage and the resulting chaos, The Hill reports. University of Virginia professor Allen Lynch told The Hill that Nikonov's statement was directed at the idea that the U.S. must be losing power if it can't uphold the integrity of its own electoral system.

Julia Davis, who monitors Russian media, first noted the comments on her Twitter account last night.
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Post by gupwalla » Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:48 pm

Oh, my.

If Mr. Nikonov is representative of Russia's current assessment of the chessboard, this could get fun.
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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:39 am

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Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil

Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Beast that the social-media giant “shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week.” The company declined to elaborate, except to confirm that the events were promoted with paid ads. (This is the first time the social media giant has publicly acknowledged the existence of such events.)

The Facebook events—one of which echoed Islamophobic conspiracy theories pushed by pro-Trump media outlets—are the first indication that the Kremlin’s attempts to shape America’s political discourse moved beyond fake news and led unwitting Americans into specific real-life action.

“This is the next step,” Clint Watts, a former FBI agent and expert on Russia’s influence campaign, told The Daily Beast. “The objective of influence is to create behavior change. The simplest behavior is to have someone disseminate propaganda that Russia created and seeded. The second part of behavior influence is when you can get people to physically do something.”

Last week Facebook acknowledged for the first time that Russia used false identities and about 3,000 ads to spread politically divisive posts to Americans before and after the election. The content, according to an expert on Facebook’s advertising system, was likely seen by between 23 and 70 million people, based on the $100,000 ad buy alone.
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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:42 pm

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The Fake News Machine: Inside a town gearing up for 2020

Veles used to make porcelain for the whole of Yugoslavia. Now it makes fake news.

This sleepy riverside town in Macedonia is home to dozens of website operators who churn out bogus stories designed to attract the attention of Americans. Each click adds cash to their bank accounts.

The scale is industrial: Over 100 websites were tracked here during the final weeks of the 2016 U.S. election campaign, producing fake news that mostly favored Republican candidate for President Donald Trump.
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Post by Kendra » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:24 pm

Addie wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:42 pm
CNN
The Fake News Machine: Inside a town gearing up for 2020

Veles used to make porcelain for the whole of Yugoslavia. Now it makes fake news.

This sleepy riverside town in Macedonia is home to dozens of website operators who churn out bogus stories designed to attract the attention of Americans. Each click adds cash to their bank accounts.

The scale is industrial: Over 100 websites were tracked here during the final weeks of the 2016 U.S. election campaign, producing fake news that mostly favored Republican candidate for President Donald Trump.
That report is something else. Remember all the anti-Hillary news stories the poots were always sharing? Wonder how many of them came from that group?

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Post by RVInit » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:19 pm

Malcolm Nance talking about Russia hacking. If you haven't heard his talk, it's really worth a listen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joSUFaLcKWc
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Post by Somerset » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:54 pm

Addie wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:42 pm
CNN
The Fake News Machine: Inside a town gearing up for 2020

Veles used to make porcelain for the whole of Yugoslavia. Now it makes fake news.

This sleepy riverside town in Macedonia is home to dozens of website operators who churn out bogus stories designed to attract the attention of Americans. Each click adds cash to their bank accounts.

The scale is industrial: Over 100 websites were tracked here during the final weeks of the 2016 U.S. election campaign, producing fake news that mostly favored Republican candidate for President Donald Trump.
Wow.

An interesting take away from this is that they weren't targeting Trump supporters because they like Trump. They're targeting them because Trump supporters are stupid enough to click on anything, and that drives ad revenue.

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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:49 am

The Guardian
Trump in Moscow: what happened at Miss Universe in 2013

The pageant and the president’s attempts to get close to Putin have become a focus of the investigation into Trump’s links to Russian interference in the US election

Sitting in a makeshift studio overlooking the Moscow river on a crisp day in November 2013, Donald Trump pouted, stared down the lens of a television camera and said something he would come to regret.

Asked by an interviewer whether he had a relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, the brash New York businessman could not resist boasting. “I do have a relationship with him,” Trump said.

Russia’s strongman had “done a very brilliant job,” Trump told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, before declaring that Putin had bested Barack Obama. “He’s done an amazing job – he’s put himself really at the forefront of the world as a leader in a short period of time.”

Trump, a teetotaler, seemed intoxicated by the buzz surrounding the glitzy event that had brought him back to Moscow: that year’s instalment of the Miss Universe contest that he then owned.

Four years later, he is struggling to shake off the hangover.
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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:02 pm

Politico Mag
How the FEC Turned a Blind Eye to Foreign Meddling

When Facebook revealed to investigators that a Kremlin-linked troll farm paid the company $100,000 for divisive political ads during the 2016 election, many saw the news as a bombshell. But in a year of unpredictable leaks, scandals and scoops, this just might be the least surprising news.

Almost everybody with a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account saw a political advertisement on the internet last year. The opportunity for a political campaign is obvious. Internet ads give candidates and interest groups the ability to microtarget potential voters more effectively than TV, for far less money. Approximately two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news from social media, while print newspaper readership is a fraction of what it once was.

And yet, policymakers for years have ignored or outright opposed the need to hold the internet advertising industry to the same standards the country has already agreed on for television and radio. Our campaign finance rules are outdated for the internet age, and rules on the books aren’t enforced. Now, with the revelation that Russia, too, sees the political value in America’s online advertising market, the chickens have come home to roost.

I warned that Vladimir Putin could meddle in our elections nearly three years ago, as vice chair of the Federal Election Commission, the federal agency charged with not only protecting the integrity of our election process, but ensuring disclosure of the sources of money in politics. Our vulnerabilities seemed obvious: The FEC’s antiquated policies refer to fax machines and teletypes, but barely mention modern technological phenomena like social media, YouTube and bots. The inadequacy of the FEC’s current regulations makes it practically impossible for both regulators and citizens to determine if the funding for a political advertisement online came from a domestic source or an enemy abroad. We had left the window wide open for foreign interference.
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Post by Suranis » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:18 pm

I remember reading a reason why the FEC hasn't actually done anything to stop election rigging for years. Put simply, when something comes up, it goes before a 4 member panel, and the 2 Republicans vote against doing anything.
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Post by neeneko » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:37 pm

Suranis wrote:
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I remember reading a reason why the FEC hasn't actually done anything to stop election rigging for years. Put simply, when something comes up, it goes before a 4 member panel, and the 2 Republicans vote against doing anything.
Yeah, the only way GoPers would vote to do anything is if such rigger benefited democrats, which they do not seem to be able to pull off.

The democrats do not have the backing of organized religion, or resource industries, or autocratic foreign powers.... which are the groups who seem to actually have the money and interest.

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Post by pipistrelle » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:40 pm

Suranis wrote:
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I remember reading a reason why the FEC hasn't actually done anything to stop election rigging for years. Put simply, when something comes up, it goes before a 4 member panel, and the 2 Republicans vote against doing anything.
Hey, it's bipartisan!

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Post by Foggy » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:44 pm

Approximately two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news from social media, while print newspaper readership is a fraction of what it once was.
Last year I attended a meeting with a bunch of Dems who were putting together a campaign to write a lot of letters to the editor of the local newspaper. I asked them "Who the hell reads letters to the editor in the local paper anymore?" and was set upon by the horde.

'Course, I was right and they were wrong. Anyone who thinks you can influence a lot of votes by writing a letter to the editor is sadly deluded.
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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:41 pm

Reuters
Trump choice for Russia ambassador: 'No question' Russia meddled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Russia, said on Tuesday there was “no question” that Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, and pledged to bring up the issue with the Russian government.

“There is no question, underline no question, that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election last year,” Huntsman, who has also served as U.S. ambassador to China, said at his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing.

“Moscow continues to meddle in the democratic processes of our friends and allies,” Huntsman said.

Russia has denied interfering in the election, but U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it did so to boost Trump’s chances of being elected have shadowed the first months of the Republican’s presidency.
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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:48 pm

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Exclusive: Russians Appear to Use Facebook to Push Trump Rallies in 17 U.S. Cities

Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year’s election, The Daily Beast has learned.

The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists— brought dozens of supporters together in real life. They appear to be the first case of Russian provocateurs successfully mobilizing Americans over Facebook in direct support of Donald Trump.

The Aug. 20, 2016, events were collectively called “Florida Goes Trump!” and they were billed as a “patriotic state-wide flash mob,” unfolding simultaneously in 17 different cities and towns in the battleground state. It’s difficult to determine how many of those locations actually witnessed any turnout, in part because Facebook’s recent deletion of hundreds of Russian accounts hid much of the evidence. But videos and photos from two of the locations—Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs—were reposted to a Facebook page run by the local Trump campaign chair, where they remain to this day.

“On August 20, we want to gather patriots on the streets of Floridian towns and cities and march to unite America and support Donald Trump!” read the Facebook event page for the demonstrations. “Our flash mob will occur in several places at the same time; more details about locations will be added later. Go Donald!”

The Florida flash mob was one of at least four pro-Trump or anti-Hillary Clinton demonstrations conceived and organized over a Facebook page called “Being Patriotic,” and a related Twitter account called “march_for_trump.” (The Daily Beast identified the accounts in a software-assisted review of politically themed social-media profiles.)
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Post by Addie » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:34 pm

Talking Points Memo: Given What We Know Now, Some Of The Steele Dossier’s Claims Aren’t So Crazy
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Wisconsin, 20 other U.S. states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wisconsin, a key state in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said on Friday it was one of the 21 states that the federal government notified were targeted by Russian government hackers but no votes were changed.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed it had notified the 21 states but declined to identify them Friday.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said Homeland Security told 21 states that “Russian government cyber actors” targeted their state voter registration systems in 2016.

Homeland Security told Wisconsin that the Russian government “scanned internet-connected election infrastructure likely seeking specific vulnerabilities such as access to voter registration databases, but the attempt to exploit vulnerabilities was unsuccessful,” he said.
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Politico: DHS notifies states that Russian hackers targeted during election ...

Alabama, Minnesota, Washington and Wisconsin have all confirmed that DHS had said they were among the states targeted. But all four said the breach attempts were unsuccessful. In total, a DHS official said only a few networks were successfully breached, and none of those networks involved vote tallying. ...

Arizona and Illinois have previously confirmed that their election systems were infiltrated during the last election cycle.
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Post by Kendra » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:16 pm

Anyone else notice the irony of 45's own DHS informing these states about the 'Russia hoax'?

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Post by tek » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:23 pm

and none of those networks involved vote tallying
Um, registration records might well have been more important.
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Post by Suranis » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:17 pm

Kendra wrote:
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Anyone else notice the irony of 45's own DHS informing these states about the 'Russia hoax'?
Especially with him twitting that the whole thing is a hoax.
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and none of those networks involved vote tallying
Um, registration records might well have been more important.
Yeah.
Election Day Troubles

Prior to the election, Russian hackers had targeted election systems in at least 21 states. Among the victims was VR Systems, an outside vendor that operates voting systems in North Carolina and seven other states. On Election Day, voters in many of those states, including North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Arizona experience difficulties at the polls.

Blue-leaning districts in the swing state of North Carolina, for example, have problems with electronic poll books that VR Systems had provided. The e-poll books consist of tablets and laptops loaded with check-in software. At one polling station, The New York Times reports, North Carolina poll workers tell dozens of would-be voters that they are ineligible to vote and turn them away, even though some have current registration cards. Poll workers incorrectly tell other voters that they had already cast ballots and thus were ineligible to vote. In one precinct, voting halts for two hours. When the state mandates that polling locations begin using paper rolls, everything slows and voters leave without voting.

Trump wins North Carolina and many other swing states, securing his surprise victory.
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Post by Lani » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:49 am

In the British Virgin Islands, the luxury yacht owned by the Russian oligarch who had purchased Trump’s Palm Beach mansion for $95 million in 2008 — Dmitry Rybolovlev — is anchored within a few hundred feet of Robert Mercer’s luxury yacht. Mercer has a multimillion-dollar investment in Breitbart News and is one of Trump’s biggest financial supporters. The two yachts remain near each other through the weekend.
Timeline 3/10/17.

Mercer is part owner of Cambridge Analytica.

Rybolovlev's jet appeared on the tarmac shortly before Trump's jet arrived at 3 different campaign rally locations.
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Post by MsDaisy » Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:34 am

Lani wrote:
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In the British Virgin Islands, the luxury yacht owned by the Russian oligarch who had purchased Trump’s Palm Beach mansion for $95 million in 2008 — Dmitry Rybolovlev — is anchored within a few hundred feet of Robert Mercer’s luxury yacht. Mercer has a multimillion-dollar investment in Breitbart News and is one of Trump’s biggest financial supporters. The two yachts remain near each other through the weekend.
Timeline 3/10/17.

Mercer is part owner of Cambridge Analytica.

Rybolovlev's jet appeared on the tarmac shortly before Trump's jet arrived at 3 different campaign rally locations.
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