U.S. Cyber Force Cut Internet Access To Russian 'Troll Factory'

U.S. Cyber Force Cut Internet Access To Russian 'Troll Factory'

U.S. Cyber Force Cut Internet Access To Russian 'Troll Factory'

Citing unnamed security officials, the newspaper reported that U.S. Cyber Command cut off Internet access to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency on Election Day in November 2018 and for a few days afterward.

The Washington Post first reported earlier Tuesday that U.S. Cyber Command conducted a campaign previous year that briefly disrupted internet access at the St. Petersburg headquarters of the Internet Research Agency, or IRA, a so-called "troll farm" accused of using social media to sow discord in the U.S. and overseas.

"NBC News has now confirmed that President Trump personally signed off on this offensive cyber operation against a Russian troll farm", NBC News national security reporter Ken Dilanian wrote later on Twitter.

Owned by a Kremlin-connected oligarch named Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Internet Research Agency came to be known as the Russian troll factory for its alleged efforts to influence the 2016 USA presidential election.

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Prosecutors said the agency is controlled by Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, who US officials have said has extensive ties to Russia's military and political establishment. A report by private experts released to the Senate Intelligence Committee said the Internet Research Agency has tried to manipulate USA politics for years and continues to do so today. Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged 13 individuals, most of whom are the troll farm's employees, with a conspiracy to spread disinformation on social media and mobilize supporters of Donald Trump during his successful presidential bid.

Since Donald Trump was elected president, the report said, Russian trolls have put out messages urging Mexican-American and other Hispanic voters to mistrust US institutions.

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