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Ran across an old #russian #Botnet used to boost the follower count on #KremlinTrolls. I don't think the bots tweeted much that was interesting and if they did they would have retweeted it, so it's long gone by now.
45,000 bots that i found so about 100k in this network.
The bots date back to 2013 when the internet research agency started their twitter botting operation.
I found them by looking at the followers of known IRA troll accounts.
@cyvuzumyxudo is an example.
this is one of the 1st IRA troll accounts.
they made thousands of these it mixes russian and english.

they tweeted about #Odessa

the "#EU The Ukrainian Interior Ministry lies"
used the hashtags:

#Russiainva
dedUkraine
and
#NATO
fsrjmJEMg4U
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Quick thread about a small set of bots I ran into this morning. Every once in a while I randomly check the @SecureDemocracy dashboard it's usually the same things. Today #WeAreCorbyn popped up. Figured I would check it out. #Botspot #Russia #KremlinTrolls
Tweeting this kinda as I go.
1st thing pull data on the hashtag.
visual studio code, python, and tweepy.
I only pulled about 40k tweets, not that many.
next step is to crack open that .csv file and remove all the duplicate accounts leaving only one row per account.
Then start sorting. IF there is a pattern you will notice it almost immediately.

Here 16 accounts show up with the same stats, sorted by tweet source. Bots.
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I have been sitting on these for a while with no idea how to get them out to people. Finally got them all in screenshot format and published.
600+ screenshots of the 2700 Internet Research Agency twitter handles congress released in november. imgur.com/a/h0SkvDV
All kinds of interesting stuff in these screen caps, account creation dates, who they were re-tweeting, how many friends and followers they had, the hashtags and dates they used the hashtags.
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Reading through some of the posts to the troll factory telegram channel #kremlintrollconfessions #KremlinBot
This comment about taking commercial orders is exactly what I have seen on their older now abandoned bots.
Their tweets would be a mix of commercial spam and politics
When I mention Google and YouTubes hiding of what the Internet research agency does this is what I’m talking about.
The Russians have massive amounts of YouTube trolls and bots that up/down vote videos and make comments.
@Google does nothing.
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