U.S. disrupted Russian trolls on day of November election

U.S. disrupted Russian trolls on day of November election

U.S. disrupted Russian trolls on day of November election

The US military took a Russian "troll factory" offline during the congress elections previous year, writes The Washington Post on the basis of sources in American politics.

The Washington Post reports the U.S. Cyber Command "basically took the IRA offline", on the day of the midterm elections. "They shut 'em down".

The group is a Kremlin-backed outfit whose employees had posed as Americans and spread disinformation online in an attempt to also influence the 2016 election, according to U.S. officials. Founded in 2009, it shares a headquarters and leadership with the National Security Agency, the main US signals intelligence agency.

The Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday that reports that the us military carried out a cyberattack in Russian Federation ahead of the USA midterm elections proves that the country needs to create its own, self-controlled segment of the internet.

It was the first offensive operation of this kind against Russian Federation, the newspaper notes.

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".

Prosecutors said the agency is controlled by Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, who United States officials have said has extensive ties to Russia's military and political establishment.

In late January, US intelligence director Dan Coats claimed that Russian Federation will seek to meddle in the US presidential election again - this time with China.

"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.

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