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So finally got to the newest #Hamilton68 wordclouds. A few interesting things to note. First up the subset of #hamilton68 twitter troll accounts focused on US politics. This is 62k tweets from between Feb 27th through Mar 2nd. #infosec #disinfo #osint #psyops
These #Hamilton68 accounts were promoting #cpac2019, not surprisingly the controversy surrounding #IlhanOmar and a couple interesting smaller new hashtags #the200 and #themighty200 that I will discuss later in the thread. Also of note is the minimal attention to Tulsi Gabbard.
Looking at the #Hamilton68 subset of accounts focused on Russian geopolitics the conflict in Venezuela (#HandsOffVenezuela) was featured and new was the conflict between India and Pakistan. The #integrityinitiative continued to be a focus and again Tulsi was not that prominent
Here our previous thread on the #integrityinitiative which is an international led initiative attempting to combat state sponsored disinformation. #infosec #disinfo
Looking at set of related #Hamilton68 bot accounts that appear 2b used to amplify certain stories & support the more influential #Hamilton68 troll accounts ... again Tulsi Gabbard was nowhere to be found. We've mentioned before this set of bot accounts rarely push out hashtags.
Looking at another subset of #Hamilton68 accounts that again focus on US politics but have a higher degree of foreign #osint .. showed more focus on #Qanon related hashtags. Of note #trump2020. Ocasio-cortez (@AOC) & abortion were among the more prominent non-hashtags .. #disinfo
The final wordcloud is from our new set of accounts that weren't specifically in the original #Hamiton68 panel but have many of the same indicators & are considered alt-left accounts. Here Tulsi Gabbard shows up but not in any prominent way & no Tulsi campaign hashtags of note
So this gets us back to the two new hashtags that started showing up at the end of February .. #the200 and #themighty200 as indicated by the red arrows in the #Hamilton68 subset of Twitter trolls focused on US politics. #disinfo #infosec #osint
These 2 hashtags #the200 & #themighty200 relate to a Politico article that came out on Feb 20th. The authors discussed a set of 200 highly influential Twitter accounts they identified & believed 2b spreading #disinfo & targeting Dem presidential candidates
The authors also stated "with signs that foreign state actors are driving at least some of the activity." The word "some" was taken 2 mean "all" by many who jumped 2 the defense of the 200 that were publicly named. We believe the vast majority of #the200 are infact real Americans
Nevertheless about 11 of the 200 accounts in #themighty200 we found to also be part of the #Hamilton68 accounts. And at least two were recently suspended by Twitter for unspecified reasons @geowashaxe and @annaapp91838450 #disinfo #infosec #osint
According to our #Hamilton68 archive data @geowashaxe was suspended around January 26th, 2019 and @annaapp91838450 also in January. We would love to interview either of these accnts if anyone knows how to get in touch with them. Our previous thread
Finally we had a colleague create a Gephi network map of 17k tweets for hashtag #themighty200 on Mar 4th. The purple blog at the top is essentially from one Twitter account that averages about 750 tweets / day & recently changed their twitter handle from @StandSuperyaya #osint
Our disclaimers for this thread. In the previous tweet the dominant account in that #themighty200 Gephi map is very likely a real American even though it tweets about 750 times/day and thus we obscured the handle on the map. #infosec #osint
Many of #the200 tweet hundreds of times a day through a custom group tweetdeck. However most are very likely real Americans. Nevertheless its clear from the #Hamilton68 data that foreign influencer accnts are promoting & amplifying these accounts & have been 4 many months #osint
The timeline of how #Hamilton68 accounts began 2 amplify the hashtags #the200 & #themighty200 is very interesting. The Politico article came out Feb 20th, @conspirator0 saw these hashtags appear around 22nd here () & #Hamilton68 accnts started the next day
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