The 2020 election was the biggest test yet of a new approach of pre-emptive action against adversaries trying to hack election infrastructure or wage disinformation campaigns.
Moscow’s operatives did not invent our crude tribal politics; they just exploited them.
The social network said it was moving proactively to dismantle infrastructure Russia could use against the American presidential election.
From an office building in Russia, an army of “trolls” tried to wreak havoc all around the internet — and in real-life American communities.
The company said it had been warned by the F.B.I. that a so-called troll farm in St. Petersburg set up a network of fake user accounts and a website.
Say this about President Trump’s approach to Moscow: It’s been consistent.
Declassified U.S. intelligence accuses Moscow of pushing propaganda through alternative websites as Russia refines techniques used in 2016.
The move was intended to deter Russians from interfering in the midterm elections, and serve as a test of America’s capability to protect the 2020 elections.
A hacking group calling itself Evil Corp., indicted in December, has shown up in corporate networks with sophisticated ransomware. American officials worry election infrastructure could be next.