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New study: Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump in 2016

New study: Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump in 2016

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his allies have long insisted that Russian's 2016 propaganda campaign on social media had no impact on the presidential election. The study, by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, does not prove that Russian interference swung the election to Trump. But it demonstrates that Trump's gains in popularity during the 2016 campaign correlated closely with high levels of social media activity by the Russian trolls and bots of the Internet Research Agency, a key weapon in the Russian attack." Our results show that the weeks when Russian...

July 1, 2019
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In bloody year for U.S. cities, Akron lost several children to gun violence

In bloody year for U.S. cities, Akron lost several children to gun violence

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Jan. 3, 2021, 10:00 AM UTCBy Didi Martinez, Tom Winter, Andrew Blankstein, Ken Dilanian and Rich SchapiroShortly after 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14, Shoskamika Risper said goodbye to her daughter, Mikayla, before leaving their Akron, Ohio, home for her job at a nearby KFC restaurant.“I love you, and I’ll see you later,” Risper told her.“I love you, too,” the 8-year-old replied.About eight hours later, as Risper was finishing up her shift, her phone rang. It was her teenage son. He was hysterical.Mikayla had been...

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Suspected Russian hacking campaign has hit over 40 victims, Microsoft says

Suspected Russian hacking campaign has hit over 40 victims, Microsoft says

Dec. 18, 2020, 4:28 AM UTCBy Kevin CollierThe suspected Russian hacking campaign that has torn through the U.S. government zeroed in on more than 40 organizations, Microsoft’s president said Thursday.The campaign, which U.S. officials believe is the work of Russian intelligence, began at least as early as , though it was discovered only last week, and has broken into multiple federal agencies.A multi-agency statement described it this week as “,” leaving open the question of how many organizations were compromised and how badly.Microsoft’s statement is the first to provide a detailed...

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FireEye, a top U.S. cybersecurity company, says it was hacked

FireEye, a top U.S. cybersecurity company, says it was hacked

Dec. 8, 2020, 10:25 PM UTCBy Kevin Collier and Ken DilanianFireEye, a major U.S. cybersecurity company with extensive government contracts, has been hacked by a foreign country, it said Tuesday.In a company , CEO Kevin Mandia called it “an attack by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities.”In a rare emailed statement, Matt Gorham, assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division, said that the agency "is investigating the incident and preliminary indications show an actor with a high level of sophistication consistent with a nation-state."FireEye works with a number of U.S. federal...

Dec 8
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Foundation linked to Biden pick for cybersecurity gave $500,000 to pro-Israel lobby AIPAC

Foundation linked to Biden pick for cybersecurity gave $500,000 to pro-Israel lobby AIPAC

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China's influence operations offer glimpse into information warfare's future

China's influence operations offer glimpse into information warfare's future

Oct. 21, 2020, 9:00 AM UTCBy Olivia Solon and Ken DilanianWhile U.S. intelligence experts generally agree that Russia is better than any other country at spreading disinformation to undermine voter confidence leading up to the election, security experts have been preoccupied with a longer-term threat. They fear that the Chinese government's disinformation operations pose a far more insidious menace to democracy that will continue well past Election Day.Scholars studying the efforts say the Chinese are growing bolder and more brazen, often taking pages from what used to be seen as Russia's...

Oct 21
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China has done human testing to create biologically enhanced super soldiers, says top U.S. official

China has done human testing to create biologically enhanced super soldiers, says top U.S. official

U.S. intelligence shows that China has conducted "human testing" on members of the People's Liberation Army in hopes of developing soldiers with "biologically enhanced capabilities," the nation's top intelligence official said Friday.Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe included that explosive claim in a long Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he made the case that to the U.S."There are no ethical boundaries to Beijing's pursuit of power," wrote Ratcliffe, a former Republican congressman from Texas.His office, and the CIA, did not immediately respond to requests to elaborate on...

Dec 4
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