Russian Federation presses case for greater control over its internet

WaPo: US Cyber Command Hobbled Russian Troll Farm On Election Day 2018

The U.S. Cyber Command thwarted attacks from a notorious Russian troll on Election Day in 2018 and for several days after, according to a report published by The Washington Post Tuesday.

Voters fill out their ballots for the midterm election at a polling place in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. November 6, 2018.

"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.

Multiple sources subsequently confirmed that Mr. Trump authorized the operation, NBC News reported.

Before the midterm elections, Cyber Command began directly contacting Russians who were linked to operations, such as those with the Internet Research Agency, which allegedly helped coordinate Moscow's campaign to subvert the 2016 presidential election.

"They basically took the IRA offline", an individual familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.

Officials say the goal of the election day operation was to block any possible disinformation campaigns from Russian Federation regarding the Midterm results.

The group is a Kremlin-backed outfit whose employees posed as Americans and spread disinformation online in an attempt to influence the 2016 election, according to US officials.

For those who came in late, the Internet Research Agency is funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Kremlin fixer known by the nickname "Putin's Chef". "Because the data is impersonal, so nowadays we must be very careful about them". USA intelligence operatives shared the real names and online usernames of the trolls as a warning that they were being watched.

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