US takes down Putin's sophisticated 'bot farm' that ran hundreds of fake social media accounts on X to spread anti-Western lies and propaganda

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The Justice Department is claiming a triumph aft announcing nan shutting down of a Kremlin-backed bot workplace that was group up successful bid to dispersed discord crossed nan US regarding Russia's overseas policy. 

According to a property merchandise from nan DOJ, nan bot workplace ran adjacent 1,000 accounts connected Elon Musk's X societal media platform. 

The South African billionaire has made dozens of posts successful caller days regarding predetermination integrity but has not truthful acold mentioned nan beingness of politically progressive bot accounts connected X.  

'Today's actions correspond a first successful disrupting a Russian-sponsored Generative AI-enhanced societal media bot farm,' FBI Director Christopher Wray said successful a statement. 

'Russia intended to usage this bot workplace to disseminate AI-generated overseas disinformation, scaling their activity pinch nan assistance of AI to undermine our partners successful Ukraine and power geopolitical narratives favorable to nan Russian government.'

The personification down nan strategy is believed to beryllium a Russian nationalist who is registered a overseas supplier pinch nan State Department. He was formerly nan editor-in-chief of nan state-controlled Russia Today.  

Russian President Vladimir Putin has agelong maintained that his authorities does not meddle successful different country's affairs 

An illustration of a clone societal media station that was created by nan bot farm, according to nan DOJ 

An illustration of a clone relationship that nan Justice Department says was created to station pro-Russia content

'Since astatine slightest 2022, RT activity sought nan improvement of replacement intends for distributing accusation beyond RT's modular tv news broadcasts,' nan DOJ's connection read. 

'In response, Individual A led nan improvement of package that was capable to create and to run a societal media bot farm.'

Russia's FSB information work agents besides accessed nan bot workplace which saw accounts posing arsenic Americans posting pro-Kremlin content. 

The advisory said that arsenic of past June, nan package - known arsenic Meliorator - only worked connected X but that its functionality astir apt could beryllium expanded to different societal media networks. 

A associated cybersecurity advisory from nan countries progressive successful nan operation, including Canada and Israel, is calling connected nan tech giants down societal media sites to do amended successful position of information against nefarious overseas agents. 

'We support each civic engagement, civilian dialogue, and a robust speech of ideas. But those ideas should beryllium generated by Americans, for Americans. The disruption announced coming protects america from those who usage unlawful intends to activity to mislead our citizens and our communities,' charismatic Gary Restaino said Tuesday. 

The disruption of nan bot workplace comes arsenic U.S. officials person raised alarms astir nan imaginable for AI technology to effect this year's elections and amid ongoing concerns that overseas power campaigns by adversaries.

Another clone relationship successful which nan 'user' encouraged followers to 'question everything'

Russia's FSB information work agents besides accessed nan bot workplace which saw accounts posing arsenic Americans posting pro-Kremlin content

Officials said that nan Russian operatives intended for nan bot workplace to dispersed beyond X and connected to different platforms

 Officials are concerned that bot farms could sway opinions of unsuspecting voters, arsenic happened during nan 2016 statesmanlike run when Russians launched a immense but hidden societal media trolling run aimed successful portion astatine helping Republican Donald Trump conclusion Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Among nan clone posts, according to nan Justice Department, was a video that was posted by a purported Minneapolis, Minnesota resident that showed Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that areas of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania were 'gifts' to those countries from liberating Russian forces during World War II.

In different instance, nan Justice Department said, personification posing arsenic a U.S. constituent responded to a national candidate's societal media posts astir nan warfare successful Ukraine pinch a video of Putin justifying Russia's actions.

At nan aforesaid clip nan workplace was taken down, information officials successful nan US said they had not seen Russia displacement connected its penchant from erstwhile statesmanlike elections connected who it prefers to triumph this year, a U.S. intelligence charismatic said connected Tuesday, indicating that Moscow again favors Trump.

The official, briefing reporters connected U.S. predetermination security, did not sanction nan erstwhile president and presumptive Republican nominee erstwhile asked who Moscow wants arsenic nan adjacent U.S. president. 

But he indicated that Russia favored Trump, saying nan U.S. intelligence organization had not changed its assessments from erstwhile elections.

Those assessments had recovered that Moscow tried done power campaigns to thief Trump triumph successful 2016, opens caller tab against Hillary Clinton and successful 2020 against President Joe Biden.

This week, information officials successful nan US said that nan Kremlin still wants Donald Trump successful nan Oval Office 

'We person not observed a displacement successful Russia's preferences for nan statesmanlike title from past elections, fixed nan domiciled nan U.S. is playing pinch respect to Ukraine and broader argumentation toward Russia,' said nan charismatic from nan Office of nan Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

The Trump run responded to this allegation by saying Biden was anemic connected Russia, arsenic evidenced by nan Russian penetration of Ukraine.

'When President Trump was successful nan Oval Office, Russia and each of America's adversaries were deterred, because they feared really nan United States would respond,' Karoline Leavitt, nan Trump campaign's property secretary, said successful a statement. 

Trump often has criticized nan standard of U.S. subject support for Ukraine - immoderate $60 cardinal since Russia's full-scale penetration successful 2022 - and called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy 'the top salesman ever.'

Two of Trump's nationalist information advisers person presented him pinch a scheme to extremity U.S. subject assistance to Ukraine unless it opened talks pinch Russia to extremity nan conflict.

On argumentation toward NATO, Trump has said he would 'encourage' Russia to do 'whatever nan hellhole they want' to immoderate confederation personnel that did not walk capable connected defense and he would not take sides them. 

The NATO charter obliges members to travel to nan defense of members that are attacked.

The ODNI charismatic conducted nan briefing connected information of anonymity pinch ODNI colleagues and officials from nan FBI and nan National Coordinator for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, an agency that conducts cyber defense for nan authorities and useful pinch backstage industry.

Russian-run bot farms were down Hillary Clinton's conclusion successful nan 2016 statesmanlike election, experts believe 

He defined predetermination power arsenic efforts to style nan result of polls aliases undermine antiauthoritarian processes, while interference constitutes efforts to disrupt nan expertise of nan U.S. to clasp a free and adjacent vote.

The U.S. has not monitored plans by immoderate state to "degrade aliases disrupt" nan country's expertise to clasp nan November elections, he said.

But Russia, he continued, done societal media and different intends has begun trying to power circumstantial groups of U.S. voters successful battleground states, "promote divisive narratives and denigrate circumstantial politicians," whom he did not identify.

"Russia is undertaking a full of authorities attack to power nan election, including nan presidential, Congress, and nationalist opinion," he said.

Moscow "determines which candidates they're consenting to support aliases reason mostly based connected their stance toward further U.S. assistance to Ukraine and related issues," said nan official. "It's each nan strategies we've seen before, chiefly done societal media efforts" and "using U.S. voices to amplify their narratives."

A caller intelligence organization appraisal published this week connected nan ODNI website said Russia "remains nan superior threat to our elections" and that unidentified "Russian power actors" secretly scheme to "sway nationalist opinion" successful plaything states and "diminish U.S. support for Ukraine."

Russia precocious has been seeking to power U.S. audiences done "encrypted nonstop messaging channels," said nan official. He did not elaborate.

China is assessed arsenic presently not readying "to power nan result of nan statesmanlike race," nan charismatic said.

The U.S. views China arsenic its starring geostrategic rival. Beijing and Washington person been moving to easiness strains. The Chinese embassy did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

Beijing is trying to grow its expertise to cod and show information from societal media platforms "probably to amended understand and yet manipulate nationalist opinion," nan charismatic said.

The charismatic called generative artificial intelligence a "malign power accelerant" being progressively utilized to "more convincingly tailor" video and different contented up of nan November vote.


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