Trump has joined an army of conservative commentators in pushing a false story involving an obscure government form, a Trump official, and the whistleblower.
Kevin PoulsenWhat did you do this weekend? Donald Trump and the GOP relentlessly pushed a fake news story accusing Michael Atkinson of secretly changing an official government form to help the whistleblower.
The Kremlin’s targeting of George Soros and his organization carries echoes of 2016, when the GRU dumped 2,500 files stolen from the Open Society Foundations.
Kevin PoulsenNew: The FBI has been contacting US political non profits targeted by a GRU phishing campaign similar to one that hit John Podesta in 2016, while Microsoft intervenes to stop a GRU hack aimed at George Soros' Open Societies Foundations. #DCLeaks #2016redux
A Texas college student is among other Westerners to be banned after a crusade against Pakistani trolls went terribly wrong—and ensnared unwitting students thousands of miles away.
Kevin PoulsenNEW: Twitter suspended a handful of open-source investigators, including American college students, after their tweets about global hotspots were formally deemed a national security risk by the government of India.
Researchers found a network of phony users that’s spreading panic with misleading ‘breaking news alert’ posts—and keeping track of everyone who clicks.
Kevin PoulsenNew: 'Fishwrap' is a network of hundreds of fake Twitter accounts regurgitating old terrorism-related news stories and logging every click, in today's edition of Foreign Influence Operation or Broken Spam Bot?
The video that racked up millions of views and sparked a national conversation was uploaded by a sports blogger from the Bronx, currently on probation for domestic battery.
Kevin PoulsenNEW: I went looking for the Russian troll behind the 'Drunk Pelosi' viral video hoax. Turns out he's an itinerant forklift operator from the Bronx who's been secretly running hard-right "news" outlets across social media for years. Also, not Russian.