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Given that a common modus operandi for Russian influencer #Hamilton68 accnts is to sow division & weaken US groups & political parties, the upcoming speaker of the House election & whether Rep. Nancy Pelosi would again get the nod seemed like an obvious target. #infosec #osint
Searching our archived tweet data on about 350 #Hamilton68 accounts, sure enough these accounts had been injecting themselves into the debate on the upcoming Pelosi election. One particular tweet to a simple thegatewaypundit.com article caught our eye.
Displayed here are some example Tweets pushing this simple video posting. What is displayed here are not necessarily verified #Hamilton68 accounts, many are just activist accounts. #infosec #osint
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Back on October 10th we got involved looking at a custom Twitter app called Tweetsquad that Ambassador Yakovenko at the Russian Embassy in London was using to promote embassy tweets. A tweet from @carolecadwalla attracted a number of #osint researchers
In the process of investigating this Tweetsquad app we identified some suspect accounts and @ChristinLuvsSno brought this account Leo Hawk @fractalhawk to our attention that appeared to be promoting Yakovenko tweets #osint #infosec
Analysis of @fractalhawk account had all the hallmarks of a Russian influenced #Hamilton68 Twitter account. #Hamilton68 accnts are Twitter accounts the German Marshall Fund has identified as Russian influenced propaganda accnts & many focus on US politics dashboard.securingdemocracy.org
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I realize the #justicekavanaugh confirmation has been a hyper-partisan issue (that by itself is very concerning for a Supreme Court nomination) 4 wks now but why have the #Hamilton68 Russian influencer accounts spent so much oxygen on this? Like #BeersforBrett ?
We looked at our roughly 310 Twitter accnts that we reversed engineered as #Hamilton68 accnts (described at dashboard.securingdemocracy.org) and we created wordclouds 4 various segmented categories of our Hamilton68 accounts over the past wk & highlighted them related 2 Judge #Kavanaugh
The first set we looked was our set of #Hamilton68 accounts that focus on Russian geopolitics. 14658 tweets were analyzed over a period of a week and #kavanaugh was the main hashtag promoted as it related to Judge Kavanaugh
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On July 22nd Wikileaks released 22000 DNC emails that had been previously hacked by Russian GRU agents. On Oct 7th Wikileaks dumped hacked John Podesta emails soon after the seemingly damaging Access Hollywood tape came out where Donald Trump talked about sexual misconduct @ollie
3million tweets from the Russian Internet Research Agency were recently archived & made available by the site @fivethirtyeight. We wanted to look at particular hashtags related to Green Party Candidate Jill Stein and #DemExit
fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-w… @ollie #infosec #osint #opsec
In the second wk of July 2016 #DemExit became a social media campaign & political movement in response to Bernie Sanders formally endorsing rival Hillary Clinton 4 president. Bernie Sanders supporters in particular were encouraged to leave the Democratic Party in protest #infosec
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1/ THREAD: What doesn’t appear on #Hamilton68 is often as interesting as what does. Today, near silence on the Manafort verdict. Instead, the focus is largely on using the Mollie Tibbetts murder to spread divisive content on #immigration. This follows a familiar pattern.
2/ On Dec 1, 2017, accounts monitored on #Hamilton68 pounced on the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco.
3/ The dashboard’s findings on December 1, 2017 mirror data collected by Clemson Univ. researchers, who recently published more than 3 million tweets from IRA troll accounts.
github.com/fivethirtyeigh…
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According to some recent data by @conspirator0 who analyzed the Russian IRA Twitter data dump the conspiracy hashtags of #pizzagate, #pedogate, #qanon ect appear 2 have first been used by these accts in a measurable way in Nov 2016 & really ramping up in Nov 2017. #infosec #psyop
Looking at our current reverse engineered #Hamilton68 #Twitter accts which are described as Russian influencer accts here (dashboard.securingdemocracy.org) .. our domestic Hamilton68 subset pushing #qanon has diverged significantly from the top Alt-right activist accts pushing #walkaway
Here are our previous threads on the fake propaganda #walkaway campaign
and here . Its interesting that #walkaway seems 2b slowly dying in propaganda value to the Russian influencer #Hamilton68 accounts. #infosec #psyop
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1/
Hello!
Let’s talk about the new #russianbot/#russianshill/#russiantroll/#altright darling, #walkaway for a bit, shall we, since clearly they’re pushing this as their new marketing campaign.
#thread
3/
(gasp!)
#inaugurationcrowdsize
#voterfraud
#deepstate
#trumptowerwiretap
#uraniumone
#releasethememo
#spygate
#IGReport
#QAnon

Now, it’s…#walkaway

(Christ, that’s a lot! They’re super gullible, enh? Heh)
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In conjunction with @SlickRockWeb, now let’s take a look at #WalkAway from a different perspective. Who’s the man behind the curtain, and who’s backing him? His name is Brandon Straka, know here as @UsMinority. Let’s get to know him a bit. #infosec #osint #psyops
Before #WalkAway took off (with surprising rapidity), Straka was a performance artist and stylist in New York. His most recent work appears to have been this show, showing his evolution away from #TheResistance. Here’s a link to the GoFundMe gofundme.com/resist-a-rock-…
His first announcement of the #WalkAway campaign was on May 26th. However, shortly after the dates of his show, on a Facebook post dated 10/27/17, we see the following exchange after a post about @TheEllenShow, which appears to be the first public use of the “walk away” idea.
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So for the first time in quite a while a newcomer hashtag had top spot on the #Hamilton68 Dashboard -- #walkaway. We remembered seeing this hashtag in the past few weeks but didnt really know what it was or follow up on it. #infosec #opsec dashboard.securingdemocracy.org
The background story on this hashtag #walkaway is a little strange & the number of bots, trolls, & fake testimonial promoting this hashtag is even stranger. Here's an example of a completely fake tweet highlighted by @daveweigel #opsec #infosec
We decided to look retrospectively at our own reverse engineered #Hamilton68 data. This is a wordcloud of 22893 tweets from our main Hamilton68 troll subset going from June 24th until now & #walkaway takes the #1 spot. #infosec #opsec
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The #walkaway campaign is an excellent example of how organic discussions about divisive topics are co-opted by domestic extremists and amplified by foreign actors for maximum disruption. 1/n
When we initially spotted #walkaway on Thursday, we determined the discussion was organic. But 4chan's infamous /pol board was already debating how to exploit it. 2/n
We found Twitter accounts with small follower counts benefiting from a huge spike in engagement. But on closer inspection, some of the #walkaway accounts being amplified are clearly fake. One popular account is using a stock image for a profile photo. 3/n
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🗽(1) Hello @SenFeinstein @AdamSchiffCA today you released a chilling letter attempting to bully @twitter into releasing private info but you didn’t publish that #twitter already told you #releasethememo IS NOT RUSSIAN more importantly they again offered to review the source.
(2) The source you two have now referenced twice and that every single article about #russiabots uses is #Hamilton68 sponsored by the German Marshall Fund (GMF)and Alliance for Securing Democracy, why didn’t you write them a letter? #Releasethememo
(3) It would certainly be very easy for either of you to approach the President of #GMF she worked for the Obama admin for four years, she’s quite involved with #Ukraine (see #Schiff largest supporter) her husband well connected in #California #releasethememo
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So let’s talk about this Feinstein / Schiff letter to Twitter and Facebook about the influence of ‘Kremlin-Linked’ bot accounts who apparently made #ReleaseTheMemo trend so much the other day (starting 1/18/2018)
The link is here democrats-intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/…
#ReleaseTheMemo
So 1st sentence: “We seek your companies’ urgent assistance” -Worried much? Translation : “we managed to get you to send out a vague letter to 675000 twitter users about Russian accounts.. we really need your help again. We are in panic mode here: #ReleaseTheMemo is trending
Second sentence is about public reports that indicate Russian government accounts exploiting Twitter to manipulate public opinion. You reference 3 articles.

So let us delve into those articles about #ReleaseTheMemo :
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When this #RussiaGate #FakeNews tweet had ~2,000 RT’s, I counted the individual RT’ers. There were only 95. The rest were “hidden” protected accounts… the type #astroturf’ers use to inflate their RT stats. The @GMFUS is likely manipulating public sentiment on the #RussiaReport.
… to underscore this: less than 5% of the people RT’ing this #RussiaReport tweet are likely real. The Alliance for Securing Democracy (@SecureDemocracy) is housed at/funded by the @GMFUS. They created the neo-McCarthyist “#Hamilton68” secret watchlist & are very involved online.
… look closely at the backdrop behind @SenatorCardin as he rolled out this #RussiaReport this AM (convenient counter-programming to @JustinAmash’s bipartisan, bicameral #FISA reform press conference, I might add). #Astroturfing courtesy of the German Marshall [Slush] Fund.
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My year-in-review thread: This year I've been working a fairly unified theme, developing a framework for studying extremism and radicalization.
The most important piece of this was Extremist Construction of Identity, a paper published by the Counter Terrorism Strategic Communications program at @ICCT_TheHague icct.nl/publication/ex…
The framework was derived from a detailed analysis of the ideology that spawned Christian Identity, a violent white nationalist belief system. In two follow-up papers, I applied the framework to the ideology of ISIS.
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1/ No RIOT report today, but a couple of quick observations. First, Eva Bartlett has apparently been ToS'd by Facebook, and relocated to VK. The URL of her VK account was among this morning's Top URLs at #Hamilton68
2/ So, it isn't just nazis who find refuge on the FSB's premier social networking platform.

For those not familiar with Bartlett, this love letter to North Korea is a good introduction. It was among the ToP URLs on/about Sept 26 of this year.
3/ Among other Top URLs - nestled between WSJ asking "Is CNN Protecting Adam Schiff" & RT/Ruptly's coverage of Putin's presser - is this lame attempt at a hit piece vs StandUpRepublic & Evan McMullin. They're backed by "The Persian" <- to be read w/South Park inflection
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1/ RIOT - Russian Influence Ops on Twitter - data via #Hamilton68 dashboard.securingdemocracy.org - Here now a look back at activity from Monday to Wednesday.
2/ The story is short and sweet: Kremlin-oriented Twitter accounts joined in the last minute push to support Roy Moore in the Alabama US Senate race.
3/ We see this in the Top Topics of discussion, the Trending Domains, and the Top URLs.
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1/ RIOT - Russian Influence Ops on Twitter - Between Putin and the GOP edition. Data via #Hamilton68 dashboard.securingdemocracy.org
2/ Today I look at the Top Topics and Top +- Official Kremlin Tweets, comparing activity Wed/Thurs to Thurs/Fri. The Kremlin is more than happy to exploit Trumps Jerusalem announcement
3/ The Top Topics of discussion among the Kremlin's minions on Twitter reflect a combination of Russian exploitation of Trump's decision, and on-going GOP attacks on the FBI.
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Both FB and Twitter say they saw no evidence of Russian accounts uploading voter data to target specific lists.
By now, given Russian posts senators have shared, it's clear what the their motive was: to pit the American electorate against itself.
Heinrich says the committee is divided on whether to release all the Russian content. He encourages FB, Twitter, and Google to consider it.
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1/ RIOT: Russian Influence Ops on Twitter. You're staring into the abyss...
2/ ...and Kremlin-oriented Twitter networks think you'll like it better once you start falling.
3/ You just need a little nudge. They can help with that. #caring
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#TheResistance can be even more effective if we create a #BlueWave in 2018, but we have to start now. Are you fired up? THREAD:
#TheResistance needs to kick the complicit GOP and their terrible agenda to the curb. Here’s our roadmap:
🚨 Fair warning: This won’t be easy. Even if Trump goes down in flames, this is still an uphill battle for us.
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