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  • How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken

    02/19/2018 12:56:40 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 57 replies
    Newsweak aka (DNC Blog) ^ | 2-19-2018 | Nina Burliegh
    White nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks helped derail Democratic Senator Al Franken last year, new research shows. While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to support Donald Trump, the Franken takedown originated in—and was propelled by—a strategic online campaign with digital tentacles reaching to, of all places, Japan. Analysts have now mapped out how Hooters pinup girl and lad-mag model Leeann Tweeden's initial accusation against Franken became effective propaganda after right-wing black ops master Roger Stone first hinted at the allegation.
  • Russian journalist who helped uncover election interference is confounded by the indictments

    02/18/2018 5:08:07 PM PST · by Enterprise · 33 replies ^ | February 18 2018 | Adam Taylor
    "The other staff mentioned are very incidental. I mean, it seems like they put down all the names they could get. Some were people who worked there in 2014 — but most of these guys didn’t work for the troll factory for a long time. They didn’t even work there during the elections."
  • Twitter email warning to me: Russia, Russia, Russia!

    01/20/2018 12:42:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Twitter email | January 20, 2018 | Twitter
    Dear Mike Le Deplorable [my Twitter handle], As part of our recent work to understand Russian-linked activities on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we identified and suspended a number of accounts that were potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency. Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing you because we have reason to believe that you either followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked content from these accounts during the election period. This is purely for your own information purposes, and is not related...
  • Harry Potter chapter written by bots is magically terrible

    12/13/2017 11:59:58 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    C-Net ^ | December 12, 2017 | BY GAEL FASHINGBAUER COOPER
    Quit eating Hermione's family, Ron, and what's with the Hufflepuff House pig? Is there a spell that can write more Harry Potter books that aren't robotic-sounding? Warner Bros J.K. Rowling, you're in no danger of being replaced any time soon.The bright Muggles at Botnik Studios trained predictive keyboards (one for narration, one for dialogue) on all seven Harry Potter books and produced a brand-new chapter about the young wizard. And great sizzling dragon bogies, is it awful."Our web keyboard app analyzes text files and offers the most common word sequences as suggestions to the human user, to help them write...
  • Votes in 18 nations 'hacked' in last year

    11/14/2017 8:09:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 14, 2017
    Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots and paid opinion formers. In total, 30 governments were actively engaged in using social media to stifle dissent, said the report. Educating users to spot fake news and making tech firms police their networks could combat the manipulation, it said. The different tactics used to influence online speech included: * automated bots that echoed official messages * armies of paid commentators that swamped discussions with pro-government views * false news sites...
  • As fake news flies on Texas shooting, UC Berkeley students identify Twitter bots fueling the problem

    11/08/2017 11:49:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | November 8, 2017 | By EMILY DERUY
    BERKELEY — It didn’t take long for fake news about the shooter in Sunday’s church massacre to spread across the internet. Now, a pair of computer-savvy UC Berkeley students are trying to do what lawmakers have been begging Twitter to do for months: call out automated bot accounts that spew false, deliberately divisive political propaganda under the dangerous guise of being real people with legitimate views. On Halloween, while most of their fellow students were donning costumes and preparing for a night of celebration, Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte officially launched, a Google Chrome browser extension and website that...
  • Senate Approves Legislation to Get Self-Driving Cars On U.S. Roads

    10/01/2017 8:16:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    Futurism ^ | October 1, 2017 | Claudia Geib
    The Senate has agreed to pass legislation lifting regulations on manufacturers of self-driving cars. Full details will be announced the first week of October, but it's expected the bill will cover safety and manufacturing regulations as well as driver protection. Paving the Way United States roadways are one step closer to being traversed by driverless cars: on September 30, the Senate announced that it had reached an agreement to lift some of the regulations on manufacturers that made it harder to get self-driving cars on the road. “While this Senate self-driving vehicle legislation still has room for further changes,...
  • The billionaire GOP patron behind Trump's social media bot army

    06/10/2017 5:43:02 PM PDT · by canalabamian · 39 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 10, 2017 | Adam Edelman
    A GOP donor who once had ties to IBM is the man behind the millions of Twitter bots President Trump counts on as followers who could be employed to target voters with misleading or fake news on social media. In order for it to work, the scheme relies on the quiet guidance of Robert Mercer, a reclusive Republican mega-donor and staunch Trump supporter, sources told the Daily News. Mercer, who during the campaign with help from his daughter Rebekah, played a below-the-radar — but integral — role in raising money for Trump and connected him with critical figures like Stephen...
  • Hillary launches astonishing conspiracy claim that Trump won the election because he [complete list]

    05/31/2017 4:53:30 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 77 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 31 May 2017 | Reporter
    Hillary Clinton launched an all-out assault on Donald Trump Wednesday, claiming he must have 'guided' Russian efforts to keep her out of the White House. Openly saying that she believed he had 'colluded' with Russia, she made an astonishing series of claims about the presidential election, including claiming that the 'vast majority' of news about her on Facebook was 'fake'. She even cited 'Pizzagate', claiming that claims she was involved in a child sex-trafficking network in a Washington D.C. restaurant had helped swing 'low information voters'. Clinton spoke at a tech conference in Silicon Valley to an audience which applauded...
  • Russian Hackers Stole Millions a Day With Bots and Fake Sites

    12/20/2016 2:56:06 PM PST · by Theo · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | DEC. 20, 2016 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page Share Tweet Email More | VINDU GOEL
    In a twist on the peddling of fake news to real people, researchers say that a Russian cyberforgery ring has created more than half a million fake internet users and 250,000 fake websites to trick advertisers into collectively paying as much as $5 million a day for video ads that are never watched. The fraud, which began in September and is still going on, represents a new level of sophistication among criminals who seek to profit by using bots — computer programs that pretend to be people — to cheat advertisers. “We think that nothing has approached this operation in...
  • Cuomo signs law making it a crime to use 'bots' to buy concert tickets

    11/30/2016 5:08:10 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 14 replies ^ | November 28, 2016 | Tom Precious
    ALBANY – New criminal penalties have been approved to restrict the use of automated ticket purchasing software known as “bots” that can gobble up mass amounts of sports and entertainment tickets before fans hoping to attend a popular event even have a chance to tap the buy button on their computers.
  • Beware of Twitter Robots Telling People How to Vote

    07/19/2016 3:15:16 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Heat Street ^ | 1:02 pm, July 18, 2016 | By Mark Buchanan
    Voting is partially a social endeavor, in which people consider the opinions of others when making up their own minds. Increasingly, though, they’re being influenced by an inhuman force: software robots specifically designed to deceive them. Lest democracy be undermined, humans need help in distinguishing their brethren from the bots. Two years ago, in a report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the social networking site Twitter estimated that more than 23 million of its active user accounts were being run by “bots” — software agents or bits of code that act on their own to respond to...
  • 5 things shills don't want you to know

    08/29/2015 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Company Man · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 25, 2015 | Youtube
    The internet has revolutionized numerous disciplines, and propaganda is no exception. How can you know who's saying what -- and why -- online? Join Ben, Matt, and special guest Joe to learn more about the future of online manipulation.
  • Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'

    04/05/2012 8:45:23 AM PDT · by null and void · 184 replies
    BBC ^ | April 2012 Last updated at 08:54 ET
    An investigation by Dr Web suggests that about 600,000 Macs have the malware - potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a "botnet". It says that more than half that number are in the US. Flashback was first detected last September when anti-virus researchers flagged software masquerading itself as a Flash Player update. Once downloaded it deactivated some of the computer's security software. Remote control "By introducing the code criminals are potentially able to control the machine," the firm's chief executive Boris Sharov told the BBC. "We stress the word potential as we have never seen any malicious...
  • Small-business nightmare: 8 million sites hacked to harm customers' computers

    08/12/2011 10:04:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
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  • Anybody having computer problems - Browser hijacking

    12/09/2010 12:00:17 PM PST · by ncfool · 48 replies · 1+ views
    self | 12/9/2010 | self
    Has anybody had a recent problem with Browser hijacking on their computer. Since Saturday when I got infected with a program called Think Point which makes itself look like Microsoft Defender my computer has had all kinds of problems. No matter which Malware program you try and clean it with it still shows back up. We have tried all the major fixes. I am not sure how I got it but it can't be cleaned. There are many sites talking about it. Now every time I try and do a search using Google, Yahoo, Chrome. You can see where its...
  • Military Hoping Chat Bots Will Replace Deployed Parents

    01/06/2009 1:44:27 PM PST · by BGHater · 8 replies · 340+ views
    Information Week ^ | 02 Jan 2009 | Thomas Claburn
    While Skype or similar teleconferencing technologies might seem like a more cost-effective and immediately available solution, the Defense Department rejects that possibility. The U.S. Department of Defense is looking to develop virtual parents to comfort children when moms and dads on active duty aren't available to talk. In a solicitation for proposals posted on the department's Small Business Innovation Research Web site, the military says it's seeking to "develop a highly interactive PC- or Web-based application to allow family members to verbally interact with 'virtual' renditions of deployed Service Members." "The child should be able to have a simulated conversation...
  • Malicious 'botnets' turn PCs into 'zombie' slaves

    10/21/2008 7:03:04 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 20 replies · 953+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 10-21-08 | JOHN MARKOFF
    Scourge - Programs hiding on the Internet can take over a computer and make it send spam or perform other evil acts REDMOND, Wash. -- In a windowless room on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, T.J. Campana, a cybercrime investigator, connects an unprotected computer running an early version of Windows XP to the Internet. In less than a minute the computer is "owned." An automated program lurking on the Internet has remotely taken over the PC and turned it into a "zombie." That computer and other zombie machines are then assembled into systems called "botnets" -- home and business PCs hooked...
  • Russian Gang Hijacking PCs in Vast Scheme

    08/06/2008 12:00:14 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies · 558+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 5, 2008 | John Markoff
    A criminal gang is using software tools normally reserved for computer network administrators to infect thousands of PCs in corporate and government networks with programs that steal passwords and other information, a security researcher has found. The new form of attack indicates that little progress has been made in defusing the threat of botnets, networks of infected computers that criminals use to send spam, steal passwords and do other forms of damage, according to computer security investigators. Several security experts say that although attacks against network administrators are not new, the systematic use of administrative software to spread malicious software...
  • Opinion: Four laws Congress needs to pass now to boost computer security

    02/02/2007 12:32:07 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 340+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | February 2, 2007 | Ira Winkler
    Excerpts - ... 1. Make ISPs (and all organizations providing computer access to more than 100 people) responsible for filtering scan and attack traffic across their networks. ... 2. Make ISPs (and all organizations providing computer access to more than 100 people) responsible for knocking customer PCs off their network if they become bots. ... 3. Make end users liable if losses are incurred because of outdated security software. ... 4. Write some kind of law concerning efficient security software. ...