Security

Mueller Indictment Shows Russia’s Internet Research Agency Inner Workings

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment against Russia’s Internet Research Agency contains a number of striking moments, from the inflammatory ads bought by the so-called “troll factory” to the rampant identity theft against US citizens. But what stands out most may be the reminder that for Russia, subverting the foundations of US democracy was just another …

Mueller Indictment Against Russia Details Efforts to Undermine US Democracy

Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russia’s impact on the 2016 election entered a new phase Friday, as his team indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for their “conspiracy” to illegally influence the US presidential campaign. It was an indictment unprecedented in American history—a direct and public charge that America’s main foreign adversary …

White House Blames Russia for NotPetya, the 'Most Costly Cyberattack In History'

It’s been nearly eight months since the malware known as NotPetya tore through the internet, rippling out from Ukraine to paralyze companies and government agencies around the world. On Thursday, the White House finally acknowledged that attack. And in a reversal of its often seemingly willful blindness to the threat of Russian hacking, it has …

Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting

Each new breaking news situation is an opportunity for trolls to grab attention, provoke emotions, and spread propaganda. The Russian government knows this. Fake-news manufacturing teenagers in Macedonia know this. Twitter bot creators know this. And thanks to data-gathering operations from groups like Alliance for Securing Democracy and RoBhat Labs, the world knows this. In …

Democratic Task Force Outlines Voting Security Plan, With First Primary Just Weeks Away

In recent weeks, intelligence officials have said clearly that Russia will likely meddle again in the 2018 midterm election season—which begins in Texas in less than three weeks. United States election systems, though, have not yet adequately improved defenses since the 2016 presidential election. On Wednesday, House Democrats outlined a last-ditch effort to step up …