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.
Julian Assange repeatedly blamed Seth Rich, the murdered DNC staffer, for Russia’s leaks. The Mueller report shows that Assange was lying from the start.
Kevin PoulsenThe most charitable view of @WikiLeaks' Seth Rich hoax is that Assange genuinely thought it possible that Rich was his source for the DNC leaks. Mueller's timeline proves that false. Assange knew Rich couldn't have been the leaker. He was already dead.
It’s not enough to charge WikiLeaks’ founder—the feds have to convince the UK to hand him over. Experts say that’s easier said than done.
Kevin PoulsenJulian Assange has three credible defenses against extradition, says the barrister who kept Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love from being extradited to the US on similar hacking charges. This is just the beginning.
Mark Zuckerberg admitted recently that Facebook doesn’t have a ‘strong reputation’ for privacy. An odd new request for private data probably won’t help with that rep.
Kevin PoulsenTwo weeks after acknowledging it mishandled millions of its users' Facebook passwords, Facebook is demanding some users hand over the passwords for their personal email accounts too. (h/t @originalesushi)
The company revealed the latest in a long line of breaches in a suit filed late Friday.
Kevin PoulsenIt's #Facebook_Friday again. Two Ukrainian men allegedly used online quizzes to lure more than 60,000 Facebook users into installing malicious browser extensions that exfiltrated their profile data and friends lists to offshore servers.
What happens when social media manipulation targets religious faith?
Kevin PoulsenNew from me: A lifelong Mormon walks away after discovering the polygamy and bigotry in the church's past. Now he's a pariah to his Mormon family and friends. They won't listen to why he left. That's where Facebook's precision ad targeting comes in.