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Russia

Rus­sia is a pro­lif­ic actor in the influ­ence oper­a­tions space. It is par­tic­u­lar­ly well known for its attempts to inter­fere in the elec­tions of demo­c­ra­t­ic coun­tries, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the Unit­ed States. Most of its influ­ence oper­a­tions appear to be con­duct­ed via cyber activities.

October 16th, 2020 11:32
US Intelligence Agencies Warned Trump That Giuliani Was A Conduit For Russian Disinformation
US media is reporting that US intelligence agencies warned the White House late last year that Russian intelligence officers were using President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani as a...
October 16th, 2020 11:20
RECOMMENDED READING: “With A Mix Of Covert Disinformation And Blatant Propaganda, Foreign Adversaries Bear Down On Final Phase Of Presidential Campaign”
In late August, the Washington Post reported a useful analysis of the difference between the Russian, Chinese, and Iranian approach to their cyber operations aimed at the US elections, concluding...
October 15th, 2020 15:37
Social Media Companies Taking Action Against QAnon
US media is reporting that YouTube has joined Facebook and other social media companies in taking action against the conspiracy theory/movement known as QAnon. According to a New York Times...
October 15th, 2020 12:40
Senate Report Concludes Putin Behind 2016 Russian Campaign To Interfere With US Elections
US media is reporting on a new Senate bipartisan report detailing the results of an investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 US elections. According to the ABC...
October 15th, 2020 11:57
RECOMMENDED READING: “The Shifting Chessboard Of International Influence Operations”
The Brookings Institution has published a short but useful summary of what Russia, China, and Iran are variously attempting to achieve through their information operations. The article begins: September 22,...
October 14th, 2020 07:53
CIA Says Putin Probably Directing Efforts To Discredit Biden
The Washington Post is reporting on what is described as top-secret CIA assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top aides are “probably directing” a Russian influence operation directed against...
October 14th, 2020 06:56
Internet Research Agency Uses Social Media To Boost QAnon
Reuters is reporting that Russia’s Internet Research Agency is attempting to use social media accounts to boost the role of conspiracy theories promoted by QAnon. According to the report: August 20, 2020...
October 14th, 2020 06:40
Facebook Removes Internet Research Agency Accounts Critical of Biden Campaign
The Washington Post reported last month that Facebook removed a network of accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency critical of Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen....
October 14th, 2020 06:29
US Intelligence Says Russian Influence Actors Trying To Promote Trump Claims About Mail In Voting. 
US media is reporting on a warning by the Department of Homeland Security that Russian influence actors are attempting to promote claims by President Trump that mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter...