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Part 3 of a multi-part look at the bots that tweeted during the #Election2016.
This part features some #Russian bots.
#Bots #TwitterBots #Spam #Tech #Infosec #Putinbot #ActiveMeasures
These bots were found tweeting during the 1st presidential debate 9-27-2016.
1560 total bots
Looks like a few different "networks"
Spreadsheet here if you want to see them for docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…kCMYHjNoUb
During the debates these accounts just re-tweeted everything form one account.
the account used to have a screen name of @Shrympp
The accounts all have the exact same stats, some have their lang set to "en" otherps://t.co/hfdgHCrFP8
that account has since changed it's screen name to KingDemic.
A verified account followed by some rather important people.
some of the accounts tweets that got "boosted" during thu1fJs7jwzw
sample data of the bots re-tweeting the account:
I have no idea if this person paid a spam network to do this, or just lucked out that the bot networks owner picked him.
one "set" of the bots look lf6RXTh34uC
another "set" looks lPZELvyaZFT
When these bots were not spamming that account they where re-tweeting crypto currency accounts, porn, SEO, and penny stocks.
Along with some cool crochet pics? 😀
I had thought a lot of them went dormant in 2016 except to RT these accounts:
Until i noticed this account:
"Alex", from "Denver" with the handle of "gorbachevaulri3"
"Alex" lialltrumpnews"
a lot. https://t.co/mNVcpXfq8m
"Alex" has friends who also like "alltrumpnews" a lot:
They also are "massivequot;. https://t.co/lKItKKfP0p
Some of the accounts have been at this for a while (since 2012)
Some are brand new and don't even bother trying to hide it.
alltrumpnews spams links to this site:
It seems pretty pro-trump. And has no information about who runs it.
The DNS info is once again hidden by a whois privacy crop.
But the server it is hosted on hosts 3 sites:
I call this one "set" of bots but really it could be divided up into a 3-4 different bot sets. Finding a few leads to finding more an i haven't had time to split the list apart by type.
As usual RU bots aren't doing what you would expect them to be doing. But this does fit within what we have seen before for election interference. And most the bots are part time spammers (why build a network of them if you can't make some money off them.)
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