Ukraine's Security Service claims to uncover Russian bot farm managing 10,000 bots and 40,000 SIM cards across 12 locations in Ukraine.— Nina Jankowicz (@wiczipedia) June 16, 2020
For those who don't read Ukrainian, statement in ENG here: https://t.co/ts6nMWPphr https://t.co/D1tT01HHQO
This bot farm would also be a way to get around certain social media advertising restrictions & blocks against Russian-based accounts/numbers as the accounts in question were registered to Ukrainian/Euro SIM cards.— Nina Jankowicz (@wiczipedia) June 16, 2020
Tl;dr: adversaries are finding ways around social media rules.
Speaking of hackers, here's the WaPo today:
The theft of top-secret computer hacking tools from the CIA in 2016 was the result of a workplace culture in which the agency’s elite computer hackers “prioritized building cyber weapons at the expense of securing their own systems,” according to an internal report prepared for then-director Mike Pompeo as well as his deputy, Gina Haspel, now the current director.Related, from last month, a podcast summarizing Amazon's ongoing legal battle to try win back from Microsoft the Pentagon's cloud computing contract.
The breach — allegedly by a CIA employee — was discovered a year after it happened, when the information was published by WikiLeaks, in March 2017.
Absent WikiLeaks’s disclosure, the CIA might never have known the tools had been stolen, according to the report.
[The former employee] has pleaded not guilty, and the task force findings have figured in his defense. His attorneys argued at a trial earlier this year that security on the computer network was so poor that any one of hundreds of employees or contractors may have had access to the same information [he] did.
A jury failed to reach a verdict in March on whether [the former employee] gave the tools to WikiLeaks. Prosecutors have said they intend to try [him] again this year.
Finally, not hacking:
There’s a lot of buzz right now about a “massive DDoS attack” targeting the US, complete with scary-looking graphs (see Tweet below). While it makes for a good headline in these already dramatic times, it’s not accurate. The reality is far more boring. 1/X https://t.co/4wDIlKnfQg— Matthew Prince 🌥 (@eastdakota) June 15, 2020