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Mueller's timeline: How the Russian hacks unfolded - POLITICO
The indictment spells out not only who the hackers were, but what techniques they used to breach and maintain a foothold in the computer systems of the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It also details precisely how Russia used cryptocurrencies to fund its operations — underscoring how deeply the U.S. intelligence community has managed to delve after the fact into the 2016 meddling operation.

The charges also lay out the hackers' interactions with an array of Americans, including journalists, an unnamed congressional candidate and "a person who was in regular contact with senior members" of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
politics  russia  election2016 
2 days ago by sandykoe
Florida Republicans play starring roles in Russia hacking indictment
The indictment is vague concerning the unnamed congressional campaign, saying only: “On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for U.S. Congress. The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponent.”

At that point in the 2016 election cycle, first-time candidate Mast was embroiled in a six-way GOP primary, which he won Aug. 30 with 38 percent of the vote. He then defeated Democrat Randy Perkins in the general election.
election2016  politics  russia 
2 days ago by sandykoe
Mueller indictment sheds new light on Russia’s ‘nasty’ secret election hacking units - POLITICO
The operatives from two units within Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency meddled in the election through an elaborate series of coordinated high-tech influence operations, and by using a global network of anonymous servers, bitcoin purchasers and other unwitting cutouts to cover the digital tracks, according to the indictment.

And, according to the 14-page charging document, the Russians deeply infiltrated two key Democratic Party organizations and key aspects of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign—watching their every move via real-time digital surveillance until just weeks before the election.
tech  cyber  security  politics  election2016 
2 days ago by sandykoe
Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags – Locus Online
Facebook isn’t a mind-control ray. It’s a tool for finding people who possess uncommon, hard-to-locate traits, whether that’s “person thinking of buying a new refrigerator,” “person with the same rare disease as you,” or “person who might participate in a genocidal pogrom,” and then pitching them on a nice side-by-side or some tiki torches, while showing them social proof of the desirability of their course of action, in the form of other people (or bots) that are doing the same thing, so they feel like they’re part of a crowd.
surveillance  surveillance_capitalism  cory_doctorow  facebook  cambridge_analytica  alt-right  election2016 
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