While voters have faced some violations and malfunctions of electoral equipment, cyber experts say that any attempt to falsify the US electoral system may not be immediately known. (November 7th)
SAN FRANCISCO – A website that claims to represent the Russian Internet Research Service reports that it ran a network of bogus accounts that attempted to intervene in the midterm elections.
Working at the edge of the FBI, Facebook announced late Monday night that more than 100 accounts were removed – 30 on Facebook, 85 at Instagram – secret orchestrated activity in French, English, and Russian on the eve of the US elections, feared that they were linked to Russian partners tied to the Kremlin.
Last Tuesday night, Facebook issued another statement stating that a website that was supposed to represent the Russian uniform had taken on responsibility and published a list of Instagram accounts.
"We had already blocked most of these accounts yesterday, and we have now blocked the rest," said Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cyber security policy, in a statement. "This is a timely reminder that these evil actors will not give up."
With Americans heading to the polls on Tuesday, social media companies were in a high alert for foreign interference, eager to see the resumption of the 2016 presidential election when the IRA used Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to spread divisive messages as race and migration affect the way people voted.
The statement that claims to be one of the alleged Russian IRA workers has not only affected the way Americans voted but achieved the results in key struggles. IRA The team is accused by special adviser Robert Mueller.
"The victory of the Democratic Party is our top priority in these midterm elections," the statement said. The Democrats gained control of the House, but the Republicans extended their majority to the Senate on Tuesday night.
The team offered her choices to win the matches. This list included some winners of the Election Night, as well as Orrin Hatch, who leaves the Senate and whose headquarters in Utah are won by former Massachusetts governor and Republican presiding officer Mitt Romney and Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona which finally terminates his term.
Security experts warned before mid-Tuesday that bad actors would be trying to get credit for interference in the elections that did not happen.
"The Americans need to strike a careful balance between being careful about manipulating the elections and being skeptical about unsupported claims of manipulation," said Alex Stamos, former head of security at Facebook. he said Monday.
After strong criticism from lawmakers about the failure to locate and clear interference in the elections in 2016, Facebook has made election-safeguarding around the world one of its top priorities.
She has set up a "war room" in her campaign in Menlo Park, California, where data scientists, engineers and other officials watch the distortion of elections, disinformation, voter repression, and other security challenges under a big US flag. It also hires more people and strengthens automated systems to monitor what has been posted on Facebook and has introduced stricter controls on who can buy political ads.
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors that his business was better at detecting intervention in foreign elections but that "there will be things that lose our systems, no matter how good we are .
On Monday, Advocate General Jeff Sessions, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Ware announced a joint statement that foreign workers are seeking to influence US voters and claim to have withdrawn electoral interference not to occur.
"The Americans should be aware that foreign actors – and Russia in particular – are still trying to influence public sentiment and voter perceptions through actions aimed at sowing disputes," the statement said. "They can do this by spreading false information about political processes and candidates, lying about their own interference activities, spreading propaganda to social media and other tactics."
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