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A new report from cybersecurity powerhouse Check Point makes for sobering reading. “It is unequivocally clear to us,” the firm warns, “that the Russians invested a significant amount of money and effort in the first half of this year to build large-scale espionage capabilities. Given the timing, the unique operational security design, and sheer volume of resource investment seen, Check Point believes we may see such an attack carried out near the 2020 U.S. Elections.”

None of which is new—it would be more surprising if there wasn’t an attack of some sort, to some level. What is new, though, is Check Point’s unveiling of the sheer scale of Russia’s cyberattack machine, the way it is organised, the staggering investment required. And the most chilling finding is that Russia has built its ecosystem to ensure resilience, with cost no object. It has formed a fire-walled structure designed to attack in waves. Check Point believes this has been a decade or more in the making and now makes concerted Russian attacks on the U.S. “almost impossible” to defend against.

The new research was conducted by Check Point in conjunction with Intezer—a specialist in Genetic Malware Analysis. It was led by Itay Cohen and Omri Ben Bassat, and has taken a deep dive to get “a broader perspective” of Russia’s threat ecosystem. “The fog behind these complicated operations made us realize that while we know a lot about single actors,” the team explains, “we are short of seeing a whole ecosystem.”

The research has been angled as an advisory ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections. Russia has the capability to mount waves of concerted attacks. It’s known and accepted within the U.S. security community that the elections will almost certainly come under some level of attack. But the findings actually point to something much more sinister. A cyber warfare platform that does carry implications for the election—but also for power grids, transportation networks, financial services.

“That’s the alarming part,” Check Point’s Ekram Ahmed tells me. “The absence of relationships. The sheer volume and resource requirements leads us to speculate that it’s leading up to something big. We’re researchers— if it’s alarming to us, it should definitely be alarming to the rest of the world.”

So what’s the issue? Simply put, it’s Russia’s ability to attack from different angles in a concerted fashion. Wave upon wave of attack, different methodologies with a common objective. And finding and pulling one thread doesn’t lead to any other cluster. No efficiencies have been sought between families of threat actors. “Offense always has an advantage over defense,” Balmas says, “but here it’s even worse. Given the resources Russia is putting in, it’s practically impossible to defend against.”

More details and the rest of the report:



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Yo, Moscow Mitch...are you listening?


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What we need is handmarked paper ballots and verifiable and readily auditable elections.

Unfortunately, Moscow Mitch killed the bill that would have required just that.
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Read that article again, keeping in mind they are talking about Russia posting pro-Trump memes on Facebook.

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Read that article again, keeping in mind they are talking about Russia posting pro-Trump memes on Facebook.

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I did, and here is the link to the original report published a couple of weeks ago.


[link to research.checkpoint.com (secure)]

This thing is a hell of a lot more sophisticated and threatening than posting memes on Facebook.

Did you read the report?.
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Read that article again, keeping in mind they are talking about Russia posting pro-Trump memes on Facebook.

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What’s this? A Russian troll making excuses?
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Democrats and CNN interfere more in American elections

than Russia could ever hope to. Infact Russia learns

from the democrat party.


And do we even have to go into Mexican election interference?
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Read that article again, keeping in mind they are talking about Russia posting pro-Trump memes on Facebook.

Putin
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I did, and here is the link to the original report published a couple of weeks ago.


[link to research.checkpoint.com (secure)]

This thing is a hell of a lot more sophisticated and threatening than posting memes on Facebook.

Did you read the report?.
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Yes, I did. They are trying to tie together the fact that Russia has a cyberwarfare program with the 2020 election, as if it's the only reason they have it.

All countries have a cyberwarfare apparatus... They present no evidence that Russia's was somehow designed solely to elect Trump again in 2020... Which is what they are trying to sell.
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Democrats and CNN interfere more in American elections

than Russia could ever hope to. Infact Russia learns

from the democrat party.


And do we even have to go into Mexican election interference?
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The day is coming for Russian trolls like this one, trying to deflect attention from their cyber warfare and meddling.
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The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday recommended a set of sweeping steps for Congress, President Trump and social media companies to take to prevent Russian disinformation efforts from impairing the 2020 elections.

In a bipartisan report, the panel said Congress should consider legislation to increase the transparency of political advertisements on social media. It also called on social media companies to improve efforts to notify users of exposure to disinformation, three years after Russian actors directed by the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"This challenge requires an integrated approach that brings together the public and private sectors," the committee wrote. "This approach must be rooted in protecting democratic values, including freedom of speech and the right to privacy. The Federal government, civil society, and the private sector, including social media and technology companies, each have an important role to play in deterring and defending against foreign influence operations that target the United States."

The report is the second volume to be released as part of the committee’s two-year investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The first volume, released in July, focused on Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. voting infrastructure.

The panel recommended Tuesday that the Trump administration “reinforce with the public the danger of attempted foreign interference in the 2020 election,” such as establishing an interagency task force to monitor foreign use of social media to spread disinformation.

Thread: New Senate Intel report urges action to prevent Russian meddling in 2020 election
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Read that article again, keeping in mind they are talking about Russia posting pro-Trump memes on Facebook.

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Nice language and scaremonger about a Python script they got from StackOverflow...

Keep in mind that every Twitter bot needs to be verified.
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Democrats and CNN interfere more in American elections

than Russia could ever hope to. Infact Russia learns

from the democrat party.


And do we even have to go into Mexican election interference?
 Quoting: Jake



The day is coming for Russian trolls like this one, trying to deflect attention from their cyber warfare and meddling.
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come at me bitch, I dare you, we've seen your lies and bullshit and America is tired of it.

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Read that article again, keeping in mind they are talking about Russia posting pro-Trump memes on Facebook.

Putin
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I did, and here is the link to the original report published a couple of weeks ago.


[link to research.checkpoint.com (secure)]

This thing is a hell of a lot more sophisticated and threatening than posting memes on Facebook.

Did you read the report?.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 69792651


Yes, I did. They are trying to tie together the fact that Russia has a cyberwarfare program with the 2020 election, as if it's the only reason they have it.

All countries have a cyberwarfare apparatus... They present no evidence that Russia's was somehow designed solely to elect Trump again in 2020... Which is what they are trying to sell.
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I assume the Chinese, Iran and 20 others will do the same. If a socialmedia trend is going they can latch on and amplify it in realtime.
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Democrats and CNN interfere more in American elections

than Russia could ever hope to. Infact Russia learns

from the democrat party.


And do we even have to go into Mexican election interference?
 Quoting: Jake



The day is coming for Russian trolls like this one, trying to deflect attention from their cyber warfare and meddling.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72364832



come at me bitch, I dare you, weve seen your lies and bullshit and America is tired of it.
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My lies? Who you confused with?

You don't zero about me.
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Democrats and CNN interfere more in American elections

than Russia could ever hope to. Infact Russia learns

from the democrat party.


And do we even have to go into Mexican election interference?
 Quoting: Jake



The day is coming for Russian trolls like this one, trying to deflect attention from their cyber warfare and meddling.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72364832



come at me bitch, I dare you, weve seen your lies and bullshit and America is tired of it.
 Quoting: Jake


My lies? Who you confused with?

You don't zero about me.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1334610



You are nothing but a fraud.

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Facebook and Google influence every election on the planet.
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The day is coming for Russian trolls like this one, trying to deflect attention from their cyber warfare and meddling.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72364832



come at me bitch, I dare you, weve seen your lies and bullshit and America is tired of it.
 Quoting: Jake


My lies? Who you confused with?

You don't zero about me.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1334610



You are nothing but a fraud.

Thread: Former Prosecutor of the Ukraine caught on Tape Hillary belongs to the cohort of Politicians who Comprises the US, Both In the USA & the world
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Interesting.

You'd be kissing my feet if you knew.

You're with the Ungrateful bunch right?
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Facebook and Google influence every election on the planet.
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Those are controlled by traditional deep state.
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come at me bitch, I dare you, weve seen your lies and bullshit and America is tired of it.
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My lies? Who you confused with?

You don't zero about me.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1334610



You are nothing but a fraud.

Thread: Former Prosecutor of the Ukraine caught on Tape Hillary belongs to the cohort of Politicians who Comprises the US, Both In the USA & the world
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Interesting.

You'd be kissing my feet if you knew.

You're with the Ungrateful bunch right?
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The world is tired of Liars, If you want to take

out Assad? Do it legally, Put a bill on the house floor

Lobby it, pass it and sign it. Otherwise you are as

criminal as Russia. Then send in the Marines.

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My lies? Who you confused with?

You don't zero about me.
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You are nothing but a fraud.

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Interesting.

You'd be kissing my feet if you knew.

You're with the Ungrateful bunch right?


The world is tired of Liars, If you want to take

out Assad? Do it lega
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a bill on the house floor

Lobby it, pass it and sign it. Otherwise you are as

criminal as Russia.
[/quote
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world is full of liars. You are tired. You'll get over it eventually. Adapt and lie. It's a cozy cesspool.
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Democrats and CNN interfere more in American elections

than Russia could ever hope to. Infact Russia learns

from the democrat party.


And do we even have to go into Mexican election interference?
 Quoting: Jake



The day is coming for Russian trolls like this one, trying to deflect attention from their cyber warfare and meddling.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72364832



come at me bitch, I dare you, we've seen your lies and bullshit and America is tired of it.

[link to twitter.com (secure)]
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Well that rant removes any doubt about his motives, if you had any.
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My lies? Who you confused with?

You don't zero about me.
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You are nothing but a fraud.

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Interesting.

You'd be kissing my feet if you knew.

You're with the Ungrateful bunch right?


The world is tired of Liars, If you want to take

out Assad? Do it lega
 Quoting: Jake
a bill on the house floor

Lobby it, pass it and sign it. Otherwise you are as

criminal as Russia. Then sen
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Marines.


Dunno about everyone else here but actually I'm kinda tired of Lyin' Jake News.
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The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday recommended a set of sweeping steps for Congress, President Trump and social media companies to take to prevent Russian disinformation efforts from impairing the 2020 elections.

In a bipartisan report, the panel said Congress should consider legislation to increase the transparency of political advertisements on social media. It also called on social media companies to improve efforts to notify users of exposure to disinformation, three years after Russian actors directed by the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"This challenge requires an integrated approach that brings together the public and private sectors," the committee wrote. "This approach must be rooted in protecting democratic values, including freedom of speech and the right to privacy. The Federal government, civil society, and the private sector, including social media and technology companies, each have an important role to play in deterring and defending against foreign influence operations that target the United States."

The report is the second volume to be released as part of the committee’s two-year investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The first volume, released in July, focused on Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. voting infrastructure.

The panel recommended Tuesday that the Trump administration “reinforce with the public the danger of attempted foreign interference in the 2020 election,” such as establishing an interagency task force to monitor foreign use of social media to spread disinformation.

Thread: New Senate Intel report urges action to prevent Russian meddling in 2020 election
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From the page 4 of the report:

II. (U) FINDINGS

1. (U),The Committee found,that the IRA sought to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton's chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction ofthe Kremlin.

(U) The Committee found that the IRA's :lnformation warfare campaign was broad in scope and entailed objectives beyond the result ofthe 2016 presidential election. Further, the Committee's analysis of the IRA's activities on social media supports the key judgments of the January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections," that "Russia's, goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton,· and harm her electability and potential presidency."5 However, where the Intelligence Community assessed that the Russian government "aspired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him," the Committee found that IRA social media activity was overtly and almost invariably supportive ofthen-candidate Trump, and to the detriment of Secretary Clinton's campaign.



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Democrats and CNN interfere more in American elections

than Russia could ever hope to. Infact Russia learns

from the democrat party.


And do we even have to go into Mexican election interference?
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The day is coming for Russian trolls like this one, trying to deflect attention from their cyber warfare and meddling.
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come at me bitch, I dare you, we've seen your lies and bullshit and America is tired of it.

[link to twitter.com (secure)]
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Triggered much?
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Democrats and CNN interfere more in American elections

than Russia could ever hope to. Infact Russia learns

from the democrat party.


And do we even have to go into Mexican election interference?
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CIA election-rigging puts all others to shame.
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“That’s the alarming part,” Check Point’s Ekram Ahmed tells me.

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Russia shut down the hacking by "some people"
the day Trump was elected in '16.
They were caught by surprise and still
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A new report from cybersecurity powerhouse Check Point makes for sobering reading. “It is unequivocally clear to us,” the firm warns, “that the Russians invested a significant amount of money and effort in the first half of this year to build large-scale espionage capabilities. Given the timing, the unique operational security design, and sheer volume of resource investment seen, Check Point believes we may see such an attack carried out near the 2020 U.S. Elections.”

None of which is new—it would be more surprising if there wasn’t an attack of some sort, to some level. What is new, though, is Check Point’s unveiling of the sheer scale of Russia’s cyberattack machine, the way it is organised, the staggering investment required. And the most chilling finding is that Russia has built its ecosystem to ensure resilience, with cost no object. It has formed a fire-walled structure designed to attack in waves. Check Point believes this has been a decade or more in the making and now makes concerted Russian attacks on the U.S. “almost impossible” to defend against.

The new research was conducted by Check Point in conjunction with Intezer—a specialist in Genetic Malware Analysis. It was led by Itay Cohen and Omri Ben Bassat, and has taken a deep dive to get “a broader perspective” of Russia’s threat ecosystem. “The fog behind these complicated operations made us realize that while we know a lot about single actors,” the team explains, “we are short of seeing a whole ecosystem.”

The research has been angled as an advisory ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections. Russia has the capability to mount waves of concerted attacks. It’s known and accepted within the U.S. security community that the elections will almost certainly come under some level of attack. But the findings actually point to something much more sinister. A cyber warfare platform that does carry implications for the election—but also for power grids, transportation networks, financial services.

“That’s the alarming part,” Check Point’s Ekram Ahmed tells me. “The absence of relationships. The sheer volume and resource requirements leads us to speculate that it’s leading up to something big. We’re researchers— if it’s alarming to us, it should definitely be alarming to the rest of the world.”

So what’s the issue? Simply put, it’s Russia’s ability to attack from different angles in a concerted fashion. Wave upon wave of attack, different methodologies with a common objective. And finding and pulling one thread doesn’t lead to any other cluster. No efficiencies have been sought between families of threat actors. “Offense always has an advantage over defense,” Balmas says, “but here it’s even worse. Given the resources Russia is putting in, it’s practically impossible to defend against.”

More details and the rest of the report:



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More bullshit
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It’s not impossible to defend against.
Stop pretending the internet kill switch don’t exist





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