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Twitter releases trove of 10 million tweets by foreign bad actors

Twitter has brought the foreign election-interfering trolls out from under their bridges. On Wednesday, Twitter announced in a blog post that it was releasing the complete cache of data and content by foreign entities including Russia and Iran  created to interfere with American politics and information. The amount of content is staggering: 4,611 accounts from...CONTINUE READING

‘Last Jedi’ hate was ‘weaponized’ by Russia, says study

The Brexit vote. The 2016 U.S. presidential election. And … the online reaction to The Last Jedi.  What do all these events have in common? All were allegedly skewed by Russian trolls.  The Last Jedi accusation comes in a new paper by Morton Bay, a Research Fellow at the University of Southern California (George Lucas’...CONTINUE READING

Russian hackers are taking their cyber warfare to the next level

Russian hackers are upping the ante of their cyberattacks. The next level of cyber warfare may not be here thanks to the latest weapon being utilized by Russian hackers. SEE ALSO: Cryptocurrency exchange claimed it was ‘practically impossible’ to hack. It was hacked. Researchers with the cybersecurity company ESET have discovered what is believed to...CONTINUE READING

And now we pick up the pieces after our meltdown over Rod Rosenstein’s non-resignation

It’s been a wild ride on the Rod Rosenstein rollercoaster. On Monday morning, the internet turned into a five-alarm dumpster fire when it was reported Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had resigned from his position. But then, as minutes and hours ticked by, it turned out he was still in his position after all. Axios...CONTINUE READING

Russia’s biggest gun maker wants to take on Tesla with electric ‘supercar’

Russia’s biggest gun manufacturer is looking to take on Tesla with its new electric concept car. Kalashnikov, maker of the AK-47 assault weapon, has gone retro with its new “supercar,” the CV-1, unveiled at a Russian defense show near Moscow Thursday. According to media outlets reporting at a press event at the expo, a Kalashnikov...CONTINUE READING

Elon Musks opens up about the toll Tesla takes on him

This week, on Technically Speaking: Elon Musk gives an in-depth interview with the New York Times about the pressures of running Tesla; Russian hackers have reinserted themselves in the American political process; and Apple removes 25,000 illegal gambling apps from the App Store in China. Read more…More about Apple, Politics, Apps, China, and Russia Powered...CONTINUE READING

Facebook just revealed yet another shady political influence campaign

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  On Tuesday afternoon Facebook released yet another detailed look at an elaborate political influence campaign taking advantage of its platform. According to the social media giant, this time around Iranian state media attempted to use the power of Facebook to shape political opinions around the globe. Oh,...CONTINUE READING

Russian hackers target Republican think tanks critical of Moscow, Microsoft says

Russia’s intelligence agency is ramping up its hacking attempts on U.S. political targets as the Midterm elections get nearer. The hackers’ latest target: conservative think tanks which have broken from President Donald Trump and are seeking continued sanctions against Moscow. In a report posted on Microsoft’s website by company president Brad Smith, Microsoft announced they...CONTINUE READING

Russia names action star Steven Seagal as its special representative to the U.S.

In an unconventional pick, action star Steven Seagal has been named as Russia’s special representative to the U.S. The once-prolific actor has been recruited to deepen ties with the U.S. in the humanitarian field, assisting “cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges,” according to Russia’s foreign ministry. SEE ALSO: The next Russian attack on...CONTINUE READING

Facebook uncovers a new plot to manipulate its users — and proves they’ll always be a target

Here we go again. Facebook on Tuesday announced that it had once again detected and removed a coordinated group of so-called “inauthentic” accounts working to influence the U.S. political landscape. Despite the lessons learned from the disastrous Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, these unnamed actors managed to use the social media platform to...CONTINUE READING
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