Trolls & Bots & Cyber


Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads
by Scott Shane and Vindu Goel, The New York Times

The Agency
by Adrian Chen, The New York Times

Kremlin trolls exposed: Russia’s information war against Ukraine
by Euromaidan Press

Revealed: Confessions of a Kremlin Troll
by Katie Davies, The Moscow Times

Internet Trolling as a hybrid warfare tool: the case of Latvia
by NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence

Yle Kioski Investigated: This is How Pro-Russia Trolls Manipulate Finns Online – Check the List of Forums Favored by Propagandists
by Jessikka Aro, Yle

Inside “The Ministry of Truth”
by East Stratcom Task Force

Confessions of a pro-Kremlin troll
by East Stratcom Task Force

Behind the scenes at the Swedish troll factory
by East Stratcom Task Force

Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America
by Massimo Calabresi, Time

Pro-Putin bots are dominating Russian political talk on Twitter
by Andrew Roth, The Washington Post

Pro-Russian Bots Sharpen Online Attacks for 2018 U.S. Vote
by Nafeesa Syeed, Bloomberg Politics

It looks like Russia hired internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans
by Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider

How Russia Is Using LinkedIn as a Tool of War Against Its U.S. Enemies
by Jeff Stein, Newsweek

Pro-Kremlin trolls revolt against Sputnik News in Romania
by Corina Rebegea, CEPA

Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them

by Andrew Higgins

German Election: Russian Botnet Boosts Far-Right Posts

by @DFRLab

Los ‘bots rusos’ entran en la campaña por el referéndum del 1 de octubre

by Álex Barredo, La Vanguardia (ES)

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

by Nicholas Confessore and Daisuke Wakabayashi, The New York Times

Russian propaganda may have been shared hundreds of millions of times, new research says

by Craig Timberg, The Washington Post

The ultimate guide to bust fake tweeters: A video toolkit in 10 steps

by Henk van Ess, Poynter

«У нас была цель… вызвать беспорядки»: интервью с экс-сотрудником «фабрики троллей» в Санкт-Петербурге

by Евгения Котляр, TV Rain (RU)

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

by Scott Shane, The New York Times

Vladimir Putin Is A “Moran”

by Barry’s Ghost, Medium

Exclusive: Putin’s ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory

by Tim Lister, Jim Sciutto and Mary Ilyushina, CNN

Russian hacking went far beyond US election, digital hitlist reveals

by Associated Press, via The Guardian

Exclusive: Russia Activated Twitter Sleeper Cells for 2016 Election Day Blitz

by Kevin Poulsen, Daily Beast

Here’s the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit

by Matt Burgess, Wired

Russian trolls pushed pro-Brexit spin on day of referendum

by Donie O’Sullivan, CNN

Russian troll describes work in the infamous misinformation factory

by Ben Popken and Kelly Cobiella, NBC News

How A Russian Troll Fooled America

by @DFRLab

Russian Twitter trolls stoked voter fraud fear before election

by Ben Popken, NBC News

Russia attacked energy, telecom and media in Britain: government official

by Reuters

Man who shared image of Muslim ‘ignoring Westminster victims’ was a Russian bot

by Rob Waugh, Metro

How the Kremlin Tried to Pose as American News Sites on Twitter

by Selina Wang, Bloomberg

Someone Is Building A Finnish-Themed Twitter Botnet

by Andy Patel, F-Secure

Analysis: Why Scotland has to wake up to Russian trolling on independence

by Ben Nimmo, The Herald

#ElectionWatch: Scottish Vote, Pro-Kremlin Trolls

by @DFRLab

#ElectionWatch: Scottish Vote, Pro-Kremlin Trolls

by @DFRLab

Russian Trolls Target British MPs

by @DFRLab

Inside a Russian disinformation campaign in Ukraine in 2014

by Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post

Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options

by Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Jaffe, The Washington Post

“Фабрика троллей” “личного повара Путина” сменила адрес в Санкт-Петербурге

by [RU]

Pro-Kremlin Twitter Trolls Take Aim at Robert Mueller

by Issie Lapowsky, Wired

Russian Trolls Target British MPs

by @DFRLab

Why Twitter Is the Best Social Media Platform for Disinformation

by Thomas Rid, VICE Motherboard

The Russian Bots Are Coming. This Bipartisan Duo Is On It

by Susan B. Glasser, Politico

Russian Trolls Ran Wild On Tumblr And The Company Refuses To Say Anything About It

by Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed News

Leaked: Secret Documents From Russia’s Election Trolls

by Ben Collins, Gideon Resnick, Spencer Ackerman, The Daily Beast

Suspicions Of ‘Bots’ Grow Over Spikes In ‘Dislikes’ Of Russian Stories Ahead Of Election

by Alan Crosby, RFE / RL

Russia Helped Shape Italy’s Twitter Obsession With Immigrants

by Esteban Duarte and Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg

Kremlin ‘Trolls’ Meddling In Russia’s Own Elections? ‘Of Course We Are!’

by Dmitry Volchek, Robert Coalson, RFE / EL

There’s a good chance that pro-Kremlin ‘bots’ are trying to vote down footage of the Kemerovo fire and shift blame away from state officials

by Meduza

#TrollTracker: Pro-Kremlin Trolls Deployed Ahead of Syria Strikes

by @DFRLab

US, UK issue joint warning on Russian hackers

by Tal Kopan and Jessica Schneider, CNN

Russia Tried to Undermine Confidence in Voting Systems, Senators Say

by Nicholas Fandos and Michael Wines, The New York Times

Pro-Trump bots -> anti-Merkel / pro-LePen

Merkel Feels Hillary’s Pain as Web Trolls Bombard Her With Abuse
by Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg Politics

Spread it on Reddit
by Ben Nimmo and Nika Aleksejeva, DFRLab

Trump Supporters Online Are Pretending To Be French To Manipulate France’s Election
by Ryan Broderick, BuzzFeedNews

Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election
by Mark Hosenball and Joseph Menn, Reuters

The Same Twitter Bots That Helped Trump Tried to Sink Macron, Researcher Says
by Jordan Pearson, Vice/Motherboard

Pro-Trump Twitter bots were also used to target Macron, research shows
by Amar Toor, The Verge

Pro-Russian Bots Take Up the Right-Wing Cause After Charlottesville
by Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica

Breitbart, other ‘alt-right’ websites are the darlings of Russian propaganda effort
by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Colombia Chemical Hoax

The Agency
by Adrian Chen, The New York Times


The New Handbook For Cyberwar Is Being Written By Russia
by Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeedNews

Emmanuel Macron aide blames Russia for hacking attempts
by Nicholas Vinocur, Politco

Арестованный топ-менеджер “Лаборатории Касперского” рассказал о вербовке российскими властями киберпреступников
by (RU)

The Russian Cyber Threat: Views from Estonia
by Patrik Maldre, CEPA

Putin’s Cyberwar: Russia’s Statecraft in the Fifth Domain
by Dr. Andrew Foxall, Russia Studies Centre

Macron campaign was target of cyber-attacks by spy-linked group
by with Reuters

Russian Hackers Who Targeted Clinton Appear to Attack France’s Macron
by Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times

Russia hacked into Danish Defence emails for two years, intelligence report reveals
by Martin Borre and Thomas Larsen, Berlingske

Analyzing a counter intelligence cyber operation: How Macron just changed cyber security forever
by Gadi Evron, Hackernoon

Merkel and the Fancy Bear
by Patrick Beuth, Kai Biermann, Martin Klingst and Holger Stark, Zeit Online (DE)

Russian Hackers Are Using ‘Tainted’ Leaks to Sow Disinformation
by Andy Greenberg, Wired

How An Entire Nation Became Russia’s Test Lab for Cyberwar
by Andy Greenberg, Wired

Inside the Secret Plan to Stop Vladimir Putin’s U.S. Election Plot
by Massimo Calabresi, Time

Russian Hybrid Warfare: How to Confront a New Challenge to the West

by Pasi Eronen, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (.pdf)

Merkel ally cites thousands of cyber attacks from Russian IP addresses

by Reuters

The notorious Kremlin-linked ‘troll farm’ and the Russians trying to take it down

by David Filipov, Washington Post

Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter?

by Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

by Nicholas Confessore and Daisuke Wakabayashi, The New York Times

Russian Hackers Release Stolen Emails in New Effort to Undermine Doping Investigators

by Rebecca R. Ruiz, The New York Times

Dutch agencies provide crucial intel about Russia’s interference in US-elections

by Huib Modderkolk, De Volkskrant

Germany admits hackers infiltrated federal ministries, Russian group suspected

by Deutsche Welle

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer

by Kevin Poulsen and Spencer Ackerman, The Daily Beast

When Spies Hack Journalism

by Scott Shane, The New York Times


Russian Trolls Ran Wild On Tumblr And The Company Refuses To Say Anything About It

by Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed News

Tumblr Finally Breaks Its Silence on Russian Propaganda

by Issie Lapowsky, Wired


Facebook Doesn’t Know How Many People Followed Russians on Instagram

by Issie Lapowsky, Wired


YouTube’s Kremlin Disinformation Problem

by @DFRLab