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AP Exclusive: Russia Twitter Trolls Deflected Trump Bad News

AP Exclusive: Russia Twitter Trolls Deflected Trump Bad News

By Ryan Nakashima and Barbara Ortutay | Nov 10
Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year's presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton.

Book: Hackers Pursued Democrats into Last Days of Election

Book: Hackers Pursued Democrats into Last Days of Election

By Raphael Satter | Nov 8
Hackers hounded the Democratic Party into the final days of the 2016 election, breaking into a server carrying critical voter data, according to a book published Tuesday.

Russian Election Meddling: Should Tech Giants Have Known?

Russian Election Meddling: Should Tech Giants Have Known?

By Barbara Ortutay | Nov 5
There were signs, some say telltale signs, of Russians using social media to meddle in last year's U.S. elections long before tech companies wised up to it. Red flags included payments in rubles for ads on hot-button, divisive issues.

Under Pressure, Social Media Giants Acknowledge Meddling

Under Pressure, Social Media Giants Acknowledge Meddling

By Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker | Nov 4
In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics.

Was It Russia? AP Analysis Of Hacking Data

Was It Russia? AP Analysis Of Hacking Data

Nov 3
The Associated Press has obtained thousands of links for emails sent last year by Fancy Bear hackers. AP's analysis is the first detailed public report of how the hacks were conducted. They point overwhelmingly to Russian government involvement.

Russian Meddling: 5 Things Tech Giants Need to Tell Congress

Russian Meddling: 5 Things Tech Giants Need to Tell Congress

By Barbara Ortutay | Nov 1
Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged to U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that Russian-linked accounts began exploiting their services in 2015 to sway last year's presidential election.

Russia's RT Says Twitter Pushed It for Ads Before Election

Russia's RT Says Twitter Pushed It for Ads Before Election

Oct 28
Russian state-owned television station RT says Twitter had pushed it to spend millions on advertising ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Q&A: Why Wiping of Georgia Elections Server Matters

Q&A: Why Wiping of Georgia Elections Server Matters

By Frank Bajak | Oct 28
The server, holding data on Georgia's 6.7 million voters and files used to stage elections, had been exposed on the open internet for at least six months.

Georgia Election Server Wiped After Suit Filed

Georgia Election Server Wiped After Suit Filed

By Frank Bajak | Oct 26
A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned.

Twitter Turns Over 'Handles' of 201 Russia-Linked Accounts

Twitter Turns Over 'Handles' of 201 Russia-Linked Accounts

By Ryan Nakashima | Oct 17
Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names, or "handles," of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the 2016 presidential election.

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