Twitter is releasing a trove of known accounts and posts that it says were used to meddle in U.S. elections dating back to 2016. According to the company, the data includes more than 4,600 accounts and more than 10 million tweets, photos, GIFs and broadcasts linked to Russia and Iran. Many of those tweets are associated with the Internet Research Agency, the Russian-linked organization that has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in connection with election-related activities.
This comes as the U.S. is just weeks away from mid-term elections and to date, officials say there have been no substantive efforts to influence the vote in the way they saw in the 2016 Presidential election.
The risk of election meddling has been plaguing other nations as well. Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly recently sat down with Cipher Brief expert David Omand, the former head of the UK’s Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), to talk about how the UK is working with industry to protect itself against cyber threats and about how traditional Russian subversion techniques have easily migrated to the digital domain.
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