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14 Sep, 12 tweets, 6 min read
I believe I've managed to uncover a state backed sockpuppet and bot network currently active on @twitter at this very moment, and no it isn't Russian medium.com/@z3dster/on-so…
A few weeks ago @thedailybeast's @arawnsley published a piece on a network of fake news stories published by real news site. Someone had created fake personas to accomplish this, fake profile images, fake backstories, fake everything thedailybeast.com/right-wing-med…
I ran those fake news stories back through Twitter to see who had been sharing them and landed an account for Dima, an Ohio based Soviet born Jewish American
Looking at his profile pic some issues started to appear in that bio, see if you can eyespy everything wrong in this image
Following Dima's tweets I found more sockpuppet accounts in his like
3 accounts all created on the same day liking one of this tweets
It was this tweet attacking @kenvogel for what they thought was being too pro-Qatar
In the same network of sockpuppets I found this account using an image of murder victim Mollie Tibbetts for it's avatar
I also found Dima sharing links to a strange Nigerian blog
I searched the headline from that blog and found a whole network of Nigerian sites all with the exact same story but different authors listed

I believe whoever was behind the network of fake articles @arawnsley uncovered was also behind this network of fake accounts on Twitter. Additionally whoever sold them the account initially appears to currently have hundreds if not thousands of accounts sitting around waiting...
...to be sold. In the meantime they are tweeting out span, porn, and selling likes to those trying to artificially build up their own account's.

The Medium article I've written goes more in depth in to some of the accounts and my findings medium.com/@z3dster/on-so…
@josh_emerson has a good guide to our research of using existing databases of sockpuppets to find more

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A thread on Rudy Giuliani, a possibly scam service, and a DARPA AI Vehicle
Rudy has a "video podcast" he has been putting out on YouTube along with sponsored ads like this one for a "Home Title Protection" service

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The following account spread fake news and you should all stop following

it used to impersonate CNN and actively troll

I'll explain how I came to know this below
Starting the description doesn't add up and no youtube channel exists with that name
Questionable but thats not all, lets look at old tweets

You can run scripts that will delete your own old tweets, however as much as we may want it we don't have the ability to delete other people's tweets

In this case whomever is behind the account removed their old tweets
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I believe I know who Nigel Farage met with in Florida on 6/20
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That #SilvercorpUSA site is special

Left: Silvercorps Right:@tuckerhall
Left: Silvercorps Right: Asymmetric Solutions Usa
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I've seen a link claiming to prove that exit polls show that Sanders was cheated, I've decided to debunk at least one of those stories

Strike 1 here is the link under the data that is supposed to go to the polling data

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just sloppy
look back at the citation he says he took it from the exit poll on CNN at 8PM
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