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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:46 PM

Mueller report sparked an increase in Russian misinformation to fracture the U.S. public

Mueller report sparked an increase in Russian misinformation


Russian bots and trolls immediately capitalized on the Mueller report, according to research from SafeGuard Cyber.

Why it matters: Russia's social media efforts are often incorrectly thought of as purely election interference. They're actually a year-in, year-out slog aiming to capitalize on any major news story to fracture the U.S. public.

Details: SafeGuard maintains a database of 600,000 "bad actors" — a mix of automated accounts (bots) and manually controlled accounts (trolls). SafeGuard attributes many, not all, to Russia.

* Russian bots and trolls increased their rate of posting by 286% on April 16, the day Mueller's report was released, and the number of unique accounts posting increased by 48%. - Axios

Makes me wonder if MAGAts are aliens in disguise.

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Reply Mueller report sparked an increase in Russian misinformation to fracture the U.S. public (Original post)
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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:01 PM

1. That's so meta

Russian interference to divide us about Russian interference.

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Response to genxlib (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:58 PM

2. In some cyber futuristic novel

bots and trolls will battle humans and we will lose.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:23 PM

3. It even has a name

http://eureka.news/free-parking-73/

Who knew I would learn Russian in my later years; but here I am. My new word today is maskirovka, literally meaning “to mask or masquerade;” using elements of surprise, camouflage, deception, decoys and disinformation; especially through social media.

Where Hitler repeated the Big Lie so often, people began to believe; Putin uses “reflexive control” by planting stories (maskirovka) with just enough truth to seem credible; though sometimes fantastical lies work because they create uncertainty. The whole concept of reflexive control focuses on tricking their opponent into making decisions that work to the advantage of the instigator.

The Russians have used maskirovka for centuries in war to their great advantage on the battlefield. Today the battlefield is in cyberspace. The Special Counsel’s report clearly shows that Russia is still engaged in cyber warfare against not only the U.S., but all western democracies.

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