More monkey business. One hopes the USIC is working hard on protecting the 2020 election, especially form unnamed other malign actors.
Forgeries, interference, and attacks on Kremlin critics across six years and 300 sites and platforms.
Secondary Infektion is a series of operations run by a large-scale, persistent threat actor from Russia that worked in parallel to the Internet Research Agency and the GRU but was systematically different in its approach.
The campaign used fake accounts and forged documents to sow conflict between Western countries and most often targeted Ukraine. It produced at least 2,500 pieces of content in seven languages across over 300 platforms from 2014 into 2020
Social media research group Graphika published today a 120-page report [PDF] unmasking a new Russian information operation of which very little has been known so far.
Codenamed Secondary Infektion, the group is different from the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Sankt Petersburg company (troll farm) that has interfered in the US 2016 presidential election.
Graphika says this new and separate group has been operating since 2014 and has been relying on fake news articles, fake leaks, and forged documents to generate political scandals in countries across Europe and North America.
The research team says it first learned of the group from reports published by Reddit and Facebook last year, along with previous research done by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab.
Graphika says that based on previous research, they’ve now tracked down more than 2,500 pieces of content the Secondary group Infektion has posted online since early 2014.
So Trump gets rid of evidence and Mueller found out about it. That's why he's charged with obstruction. More of the same from this Russian ally. Russia launched IRA funded troll farms to try to interfere in our elections. @realDonaldTrump defends them. All roads lead to Russia.
— LorinK99 (@K99Lorin) June 11, 2020
“Hello, there. I am here from the gays committee. My counterparts from the blacks and the jews and the illegals will all be here soon to show support for Trump!”
— Sarah T. Roberts (@ubiquity75) June 13, 2020
“Russians have concluded it is easier to identify divisive content from real Americans and help it spread through low-profile networks of social media accounts than create tales of their own…” https://t.co/2yOdzwHaZY
— John Sipher (@john_sipher) June 16, 2020
Just in time for the election.
Though VOA is run by the govt, it built a reputation for objectivity. That's about to change under the leadership of Steve Bannon associate Michael Pack. The news that he's purging VOA's leadership is alarming. The Breitbart crowd may be getting a taxpayer-funded global platform.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 17, 2020
Unrelated but fascinating:
SBU says a Russian citizen was the ring-leader. They don't release his name, but a telegram post from an account associated with the group says it's "Our Russian volunteer Alexander Skachkov"
— Christo Grozev (@christogrozev) June 17, 2020