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Eric JN Ellason @SlickRockWeb
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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
Turns out Twitter agreed with our assessment that @FractalHawk appeared 2b a Russian influence #Hamilton68 Twitter account & was suspended the account. Back in March of 2018 we figured out a way to reverse engineer a number of these #Hamilton68 accounts & have been archiving them
@FractalHawk is an accnt created in November 2014. It appears this account from time to time changed its handle between @FractalHawk & @KingLeoHawk. Before this #hamilton68 accnt was suspended this tweet redirected to the Fractalhawk handle #osint #infosec
Here are some archived and cached copies of @KingLeoHawk tweets that was actually one and the same as @fractalhawk. Doing a Twitter search of @KingLeoHawk pulls up all the tweets referencing @fractalhawk confirming the account ID was actually the same. #osint #infosec #hamilton68
Analysis of the @fractalhawk account revealed the usual Russian media sites & caused us to classify this account as a Russian influence account primarly focused on Russian geopolitics. Other #Hamilton68 accounts focus on propaganda related to US politics. There is some crossover.
Here are some examples of past tweets from @fractalhawk ... he also tweeted alot around the #WhiteHelmets hashtag #osint #infosec #hamilton68
And more content from @fractalhawk that makes it quite obvious what this account was focused on. #osint #infosec #hamilton68
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