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Russian social media influence ongoing, targeted African-Americans, reports say

Russia continues “active and ongoing interference operations” on multiple social media platforms and its influence campaign that marred the 2016 election was both broader and more targeted than previously known – aiming to suppress Democratic voters, particularly African-Americans, according to a report generated for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The “most prolific” efforts by the Internet…
Donald Trump
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Mueller finds no coordination with Russia in election hack, influence campaign; leaves obstruction decision to Barr

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report says members of the Trump campaign, including the president, did not coordinate with the Russian government in efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, according to a summary of the report from Attorney General William Barr. Mueller did not find that “anyone in the Trump campaign, or anyone associated…
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Mueller sentencing memos on Cohen, Manafort point to coordination with Russian operatives during campaign

A trio of sentencing memos filed Friday in cases against President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort offer the strongest indication yet of repeated contact or coordination between members of the Trump campaign and Russian operatives at a time when Russia was attempting to interfere in and exert influence…
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Hackers leak documents stolen from contractor for Russian intel agency

Hackers reportedly stole 7.5 TB of data from a contractor for the Russian intelligence service FSB, and revealed details on several of its activities or prospective projects, including the collecting of information on users of social media services, Tor and P2P networks. The contractor, SyTech, has worked for FSB’s radio-electronic intelligence unit 71330 since 2009,…
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Schiff rebuffs calls to resign, recounts evidence of Trump team coordination with Russian operatives

Nearly a week after Special Counsel Robert Mueller turned in his report on the Russian probe and amid calls for Rep. Adam Schiff to resign as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, the committee’s first hearing got off to a fiery start with Schiff reasserting his belief that members of the Trump campaign had inappropriate…
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Study supports Steele dossier assertion that Russian hackers conducted operations against Dem leadership

A detailed report by a former FBI cybersecurity expert lends credence to claims in the controversial Steele dossier that Russian hackers used a tech firm’s networks to infiltrate and make incursions into the Democratic Party organizations in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election. The dossier, put amassed as oppositional research on then-candidate Donald…
Bernie Sanders
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Russia targeted Sanders supporters on Twitter to sway support to Trump

“Bernie bros” weren’t the only ones who tweeted furiously about Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign. Russian trolls on Twitter targeted Sanders supporters in an effort to sway them toward candidate Donald Trump, according to researchers at Clemson University.  Pointing out that the tweets occurred at a “higher volume than people thought,” Darren Linvill,…
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Former FBI lawyer under criminal probe for altering doc linked to Page surveillance

A former “low-level” FBI lawyer identified as Kevin Clinesmith reportedly is now a target of a criminal investigation for modifying a document linked to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, after the Justice Department inspector general (IG) reviewed the FBI’s handling of the Russian probe. IG Michael Horowitz, due to hand his report to…
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Facebook spurns report that it kept Russian activity under wraps

Facebook Thursday rebutted allegations that the company knew early in 2016 about Russian activity on the social media platform and failed to promptly investigate it. “This is not true,” the company said of a report by the New York Times that asserts Facebook knew of the Russian efforts to leverage its platform to exert influence,…
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Mueller report details Russian interference in 2016 election, interactions with Trump team, WikiLeaks

Russian military intelligence apparently successfully penetrated an unnamed Florida county election system and gained “access to the network of at least one Florida county government.” And that’s just one of the findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report released Thursday. In the sprawling 448-page, partially redacted report, Mueller methodically laid out Russia’s efforts to…
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