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posted by janrinok on Saturday February 08 2020, @01:37PM   Printer-friendly
from the happening-since-the-start-of-the-Cold-War dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

The FBI director warns that Russian efforts to sow discord and political divide among Americans is continuing. The director of the FBI told lawmakers Wednesday that Russia is engaging in "information warfare" as the US heads into the 2020 presidential election. But he said there's no sign that Russia is targeting America's election infrastructure.

FBI Director Chris Wray told the House Judiciary Committee that Russia is waging a covert social media campaign to create a political divide and sow the seeds of discord among Americans, just as it did during the 2016 election, according to an Associated Press account of the hearing.

The effort, Wray said, involves fictional personas, bots, social media postings and disinformation. He said the threat was continuous and that was harder to combat than a hack on an election system.

"Unlike a cyberattack on an election infrastructure, that kind of effort -- disinformation -- in a world where we have a First Amendment and believe strongly in freedom of expression, the FBI is not going to be in the business of being the truth police and monitoring disinformation online," Wray said.

Disinformation has long been a part of Russia's foreign policy strategy, and social media has allowed the trolling effort to expand on a viral scale. US intelligence agencies have warned Congress that these campaigns will continue in future elections.

[...] "They identify an issue that they know that the American people feel passionately about on both sides and then they take both sides and spin them up so they pit us against each other," Wray said. "And then they combine that with an effort to weaken our confidence in our elections and our democratic institutions, which has been a pernicious and asymmetric way of engaging in ... information warfare."

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday February 09 2020, @11:04PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 09 2020, @11:04PM (#956193) Journal

    Does anyone think it is a good use for uniformed soldiers to be at eglin airforce base trollin the libs and socket puppet battling on reddit operating r/conspiracy?

    Beats killing people and blowing up stuff people need, amirite?