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Savchuk Leak Username List (Internet Research Agency)

This is an interesting document I turned up from ~2015 (though document itself is undated). Appears to be a spreadsheet bearing a list of usernames associated with Internet Research Agency, courtesy of the Savchuk leaks. (Google Drive link)

Found via this March 2015 mr7.ru article (in Russian). There are a number of English-language articles which confirm a couple usernames from this list.

Here is my extracted, de-duped version of this username list:

mazurov_89
braille_teeth
koka-kola23
lipyf837
vince-crane
ya_karnavalova
nannik-dr
Rezites
konorlaoo04
qkempek
caradoxee5
ynuka
natalex84
anna_02051990
mrokiralex
annetjohnson
rghkride
gkohio
karber861
innyla92
cotedo
Smurfetka-24
raikbowee1
ohvis134
demouu1
nofk452
alexander7171
vadro
makgxiewua
mofan926
smspudilj
varkhotel
shtots
rijbc
wylwurwolv
workroman
pheyeroo57
tritonst
milka_e20
codirips814
lorislaley
eekim81
oftibar
elegmhehov
aple_at_the_tab
Nikolaabil
hey_son1c
firyupa
asus
Symatvei
xamit251
farpodmuu07
oloviit
diuu085
alenkujl
rcrimsot
snoop83
vynal
sportto
danybody
alexmosyan
poragpalkhe
sergalyev839
vadim_spx
rus-policy
wafyy248
katerina2703
dragon_uz
Winter-kinder
Pjobynrutri
green_margo
ptirenw
pastogross
igerenbart
mskilys
pantyyy08
thepicard
igtego
paqurni
emory6townsend
aspera76
zymecs
001usa
ca119idia
fadaqpm
pybden
Protsyon
phidiwp507
makabu
osobroim
yuliya_korshyn
Parabellum50
policyrus
tuyqer898
aljin
rammathets
overtimorouq
ntnwoc
stranamasterov
ktoroj14
Yohohoguy
pbijipsfem
wyazfunovv
ariol921
mariya-789
roavrumper
kyxapka
ryypaulinm
jang033
wwwevgemie
p01t11
pohezvitie
zhakim755
Asswalker
vvp2014
to12scorta
Spicemachine
nastia642
nungsorivat
homyr657e
orlenrenosr
kalininkhu
parydaq070
enot_kot
abfyr890
vamiqyy63
evgenyashm
palfemine
tay-zakulisnay1
radbec
revivaldude
cykularj
ageev013
porkimes
owwaxde082
andrei-kovrin
pasioda
fooqbal951
nugotvapi
swull786
nina_istomina
gig180
raokabea
synbmulty
beloham848
lissa-marioko
kater971
peflirz
hikonozauu00
michael_jd
uglycoyotespb
urajr
bobzan
peulgieness
scavamerzl
levyshkinr
pavetbrer
ddanii33
goodrus
supersonicwall
mannaliobrit
pierii01
panbiran
georgi-grusha
pashka208
vmoffee179
etopiterdetka99
jenyamelika
anya_rocket
snowy_trail
malkovich_i
samiyymniy
chadimi
kvazarion
Nestero85
nika_anisina
savoiyar
oksadoxa
mercynt
vehofunzi
qitsen
raphahunthig
panebcaj
tergparriotio
lihohor
sojaan884
cypetcompbis
destforkowoo
nouglysv
petraffilya
Backlashealthma
amenem
paintbellu
iugegeizh
pexirgarnez
chicocali
pexirub
kmfemovmpxxx
lojtautome
inkiptiruc
palecefaz
hhlayz
ningcotedin
olginarkew
renfidebun
portlandam
olga_lebedyan
andriudruz
unmolarlay
repaw968
stepalexos
prasingyy55
steltertheeness
spinrarata
ddesesexla
antaauu4
wihhie917
pagkagezmeat
werhellvolkfu
tiopretytcur
aladorzam
nyntynuriu
begtotenlu
abezhiu
oxyitt
rabrukywiz
snowdidsmomuds
paradana
durenhuntpi
sixfeevae
nebozuanrou
procomdn
kovikotuss
urigcon211
peosaytranos
borgperwensgod
rhealaltrades
nishihatu
asafasngut
cophetycoo
merzasarsgepf
promvogtsigold
pesina20k
vuhyzowi
skewerilgraph
wladmancornnes
feedpecosleft
prosorouqu
frantirigesch
cirgadisla
precalacov
zlavaq037
hrilepswia
szehdes
bestthecalpa
lasorpprogso
classatopos
zipkingfilci
preaphoubowo
geoversive
gingsenpirem
tes40uvir
judj747
throwenelan
sfouninmire
diotradconpe
llanpaclaive
neytilmigers
glyzitneko
metcentlighrou
bentakiffo
pqalongese
chaicoffskaya
cenhoufimou
siohuntired
feascoacoca
prozaet
inga
glycmamortga
imclasfulte
izorylie646
lighwinsbrachig
mafomeri
oryanhuazo
kfuu0
daytrolchildcha
odassaflot
tamred1
paca979
vollatasklu
legahedddis
othoee111
trugleyscorun
ybdocegesch
rpmuntar
nahezuu91
socompdanfi
beadeadsdentfi
pia986
pzsg
pdachee
paschig
plimtintaza
ptimenalhook
Ladushki2014
photographereye
balyk2014
polza1985
polina_i_liza
gymbreaker
strelach
tolstunovich
demosfen-ru
Ikehujaik
nersis
IvanichKem
BVDfan
bookworm-war
nina_zlova
wwarfare
valkavakatrin
sasha-bobrov
nevzorovich
ulyanovlenin
other_vlad
devindowns8733
dgksson
tereshkova-2603
alex_solnce80
lana_rey
rafaelee661
nyanwarcat
dagdarim
Valkyrie_by
duh_matreny
lilekootherd
vlasom
Delanaya
Dianardana
art-noita
olga-safronova
007margaret
finade
mulziluu66
alexmonc
denanis
ole-kim
kebucha717
kristidom
pekrunonv
semsenya
atormentarse
princitalo
wex874
lulzgenerator
krasen_glaz
streamteamteam
alla-semenova
uruk_65
italian_women89
svetlyachok4
svetlana-cat5
lady-chizhowa
ligon-vas
zoyabela
situde
helen-jir
moilefer
vasyy234
kiselevden_blog
sulfiniya
sandra-1106
dfgnuvlnx
nopoo909
davl90
eka-ekaa
vlada-dmit
dagdarius
odinwarrior
yacotedo
dio64
faddat
lancelotitys
princehguu1
zecfivb
deniz_1983
dagdawyn
daikus
nikogu
amaranta_mara
alina_rusak
fatburner83
oorsuda
lucky_chacky86
rynv8111
alexisaa08
volyjarski
nickmenz30
diahoo7
zikolaysem
оrmely
sergvlal163
neto45u
dirtymovie1488
pussy-k1ll
slowmotion21
kassianna
antojiure
lucky159357
vmeanve
pastok879
catdogi
glen555
rajez818
nakee24
annlutaeva
bunvik
brucerivas2554
msblanshet
baronuu17
avtobaba
darkside1980
lotri85
sestrieri
neokant
hero346
Gonzoo1234
kasper
dalbine
what_1s_love
dalalbine
dordin
dorilak
juleyxom
grigadiwn
dolhala
Wwrattiveby
freud_knew
asarol997
zymbo867
lika-nonstop
masha-foxx
fegerigh
darkangel969
nmrodianodo
polinanoza
bahediraa3
joker0-0
notnoise
ogengeyy5
fastfoodformind
blabri
skim029
layerenaw
envi1
mary_mary_cherr
alberwish
voiceinourmind
patriotrusha
sortavala_city
jezmhkonda
cickjroy
oleg-welt
dujinn
pacgovsko
akira-001
dulabar
dracon36
dianarius
prokesters
arpeich
pyhanaa73
drelantrius
belle12386
bagrat12
diadem159
nastya_maks
dlinyi
amourencia
denezhky
beaumo3
moe-mnenue
drelagra
manjonga
evgenpetrova
irinavlasovaa
doukus
gensil17
ms-margo-ritta
vinni_pukh_75
dobrynich
aubah
darisar
darkpick
leon1110
vovchik1223
rapitangnyy
sniisoo00
elibrium-25
adrastea-14
freemango
venari_amores
pavulshysh
repso471
yanovskiman
nnjhid
dirtydoctor666
purablehatt
qarag316
papavear69
nmmasidmah
rroevt0611
mollyrrite
niclak007
fsplwolie
dazdaperma2014
zrvdancek
mreqii92
noxaii9
rbfen
asbojxes
alexxkx864
borodalopotoy
qaz_10
feofan_mazepa
izbulmugib
ealtaxliosnic
hyrdrowsjunkri
foggynous
noisecontroller
carbvn
rikfonoll
nicdsrez856
emily0701
vlkiril27
karelinan1
georgivanov198
elamelac
ofwicefusn
ilijpetrov
rarke
fpnvct
muzhenyok
khhundgt
ynw55
psuudocela
xysho9210
ominh
markradz
klimenb
maratgig
mixapetr10
ivanlaptev83
vaster86
miss_666
kaprizulka13
shpilka69a
plus-power
grand-blog
world_war_04
Dmrt85
veterkostya
oleggga
MOMOWOODSLI
ceabvafigi
vernpedosig
ofrner865
nepgnipr
ElijahFox
twisacaqtio
diomoslyarel
telllowchenfhig
wisdomofluck
dirtyramir
alex_razin
alecrikort
jgizet
aleks-sis
vepoqinfidal
potylio
tkachuuz
shafll
eklimiwki
domic95
rhdmitra
mrohulgatu
wallmicherwhitt
risfaipropin
tomubensthe
vitusee789
santalir
puhamzy
reugonemo
granadinar
migyminpa
sonnkefacga
osnegodesitn
iyaroloe
prolebalex
winkdispdesthic
lesspartcorre
tawlow
shedrgeorg
koleso69
nipaterdia
clarovnetmost
riabiventi
Maknoz
Funornotfun
Donstepanion
chertynuchka
KuleshovKosta
Dyachok123
roza_mari
m_rozova
ndvos
thebird1
timdream08
whatinmay
awdotya_grey
ilonaprudova
kiraklodova
rusivanov2014
magiclex
sobstvennovse
qahsy344
qaromin
olkosuhopa
untitande
pyldze16
eptaelov
ninassax12
ssqerri
nuzaziufss
pamur666
btesuntisemb
pryjdasbov
ninuncecti
wwaa1
takuedela
zredaa88
zanzu907
poizaconta
xasnitihard
methtonopi
izzaf
nitkiuu99
efexstrimu
rerl
soipsof
perkerspmi
patlvoz
pfe110i
keyf1nder
prohcuslacoo
conresndebod
tdirconteka
kinonick
igorefon
tonybaytoy
leizi
roxy-666
energy100
bolshajabereza
kolonchabolwaja
le-ch1ffre
dariegore
iazimut
petro666

North-Western Service Agency Links

From Wikipedia Internet Research Agency article, current to Nov. 2017:

“According to journalists’ investigations, the office in Olgino was named as Internet Research Agency Ltd. (Russian: ООО «Агентство интернет-исследований»).[3][8] The company was founded in the summer of 2013.[6]

Journalists also point out that Alexey Soskovets, who had participated in Russian youth political community, was directly connected to the office in Olgino. His company, North-Western Service Agency, won 17 or 18 (according to different sources) contracts for organizing celebrations, forums and sport competitions for authorities of Saint Petersburg. The agency was the only participant in half of those bids. In the summer of 2013 the agency won a tender for providing freight services for participants of Seliger camp.[3][9]”

… “Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that, according to Alexey Soskovets, head of the office in Olgino, North-Western Service Agency was hiring employees for similar projects in Moscow and other cities in 2013.[3]”

Novaya Gazeta September 2013 article link. (Auto-translated Google Chrome extension)

“We meet with a friend Alexei Soskovets – a native of the youth polittusovki. In “friends” VKontakte he has a lot of activists of the movement “Nashi”, “Young Guard of United Russia” and employees of the Committee for Youth Policy of St. Petersburg, including the former head of the committee Nikita Alexandrov.

In 2013, Soskovets’s “North-West Service Agency” won 18 contests for the organization of holidays, forums and sports events for St. Petersburg authorities. In half of the competitions the agency participated alone. In the summer of 2013, the contest for transport services for participants of the camp “Seliger” won.”

Wish I had a human-translation of this, because the article seems quite relevant and interesting:

“While filling in the questionnaires, Alexey described our functionality. According to him, now they are engaged in increasing the index of certain articles. “There are different articles – social, business, political and so on. We act on the principle of “Yandex-market”, – he began. – “Yandex-Market” is a huge online store that says where it is better to buy. Under each product there is a comment of people who say that this is an excellent phone, this is a bad phone. Alas, the realities of life are such that not always people want to write the first comments. We need to increase the attendance of the site. This can be done by robots, but robots do their work mechanically, and sometimes a system like “Yandex” bans them. Therefore, it was decided to do it by people. Write a comment from yourself with the vector indicated by us. For example, about the G-20, you can write that it is very honorable for Russia,”

Here we go, as far as other offices goes:

“”Now we are recruiting people, in several cities we are acting – Moscow, Peter”, Alexey specifies. He says that they do not have anything to do with Nashi, but it does not exclude that something like that will turn out.”

So Alexey may have an explicit Nashi connection which could make an explicit personnel bridge between Nashi and IRA.

Outside of the above, I’m not finding much reliable source information on Alexei / Alexey Soskovets and North-West / North-Western Service Agency. Or in conjunction with mentions of Moscow. Maybe a Russian-language business search would turn something up, but I’m not quite there yet.

In fact, the frequency with which the Wikipedia IRA source text is quoted verbatim on third party forums is dubious in and of itself.

Internet Research Agency Overview

This June 2015 Adrian Chen NY Times piece is kinda the ‘canonical’ source with regards to the alleged Russian-government-linked Internet Research Agency.

  • Address: 55 Savushkina Street, St. Petersburg

“The Columbian Chemicals hoax was not some simple prank by a bored sadist. It was a highly coordinated disinformation campaign, involving dozens of fake accounts that posted hundreds of tweets for hours, targeting a list of figures precisely chosen to generate maximum attention. The perpetrators didn’t just doctor screenshots from CNN; they also created fully functional clones of the websites of Louisiana TV stations and newspapers. The YouTube video of the man watching TV had been tailor-made for the project. A Wikipedia page was even created for the Columbian Chemicals disaster, which cited the fake YouTube video. As the virtual assault unfolded, it was complemented by text messages to actual residents in St. Mary Parish. It must have taken a team of programmers and content producers to pull off.”

  • Informant, supposed former employee: Ludmila Savchuk

“The first thing employees did upon arriving at their desks was to switch on an Internet proxy service, which hid their I.P. addresses from the places they posted; those digital addresses can sometimes be used to reveal the real identity of the poster. Savchuk would be given a list of the opinions she was responsible for promulgating that day. Workers received a constant stream of “technical tasks” — point-by-point exegeses of the themes they were to address, all pegged to the latest news.”

“The point was to weave propaganda seamlessly into what appeared to be the nonpolitical musings of an everyday person.”

“Management was obsessed with statistics — page views, number of posts, a blog’s place on LiveJournal’s traffic charts — and team leaders compelled hard work through a system of bonuses and fines. “It was a very strong corporate feeling,” Savchuk says. Her schedule gave her two 12-hour days in a row, followed by two days off. Over those two shifts she had to meet a quota of five political posts, 10 nonpolitical posts and 150 to 200 comments on other workers’ posts. “

Savchuk:

“While employed there, she copied dozens of documents to her personal email account and also plied her co-workers for information. She made a clandestine video of the office. In February, she leaked it all to a reporter for Moi Raion, a local newspaper known for its independent reporting. The documents, together with her story, offered the most detailed look yet into the daily life of a pro-Kremlin troll. “

  • Russian media claims IRA is funded by restaurater Evgeny Prigozhin
  • Prigozhin –> Concord (holding company)
  • An employee of Concord was spotted as IRA team leader
  • Concord approves payments to IRA (leaked emails)

“The boom in pro-Kremlin trolling can be traced to the antigovernment protests of 2011, when tens of thousands of people took to the streets after evidence of fraud in the recent Parliamentary election emerged. The protests were organized largely over Facebook and Twitter and spearheaded by leaders, like the anticorruption crusader Alexei Navalny, who used LiveJournal blogs to mobilize support. The following year, when Vyascheslav Volodin, the new deputy head of Putin’s administration and architect of his domestic policy, came into office, one of his main tasks was to rein in the Internet. Volodin, a lawyer who studied engineering in college, approached the problem as if it were a design flaw in a heating system. Forbes Russia reported that Volodin installed in his office a custom-designed computer terminal loaded with a system called Prism, which monitored public sentiment online using 60 million sources. According to the website of its manufacturer, Prism “actively tracks the social media activities that result in increased social tension, disorderly conduct, protest sentiments and extremism.” Or, as Forbes put it, “Prism sees social media as a battlefield.””

[Note: unable to find original source on Forbes mention. Also, is there some link to PRISM (surveillance program)?]

Russian crackdowns on internet (same NYT source):

“Laws were passed requiring bloggers to register with the state. A blacklist allowed the government to censor websites without a court order. Internet platforms like Yandex were subjected to political pressure, while others, like VKontakte, were brought under the control of Kremlin allies. Putin gave ideological cover to the crackdown by calling the entire Internet a “C.I.A. project,” one that Russia needed to be protected from.”

Columbian Chemicals hoax:

“The chain that links the Columbian Chemicals hoax to the Internet Research Agency begins with an act of digital subterfuge perpetrated by its online enemies. Last summer, a group called Anonymous International — believed to be unaffiliated with the well-known hacktivist group Anonymous — published a cache of hundreds of emails said to have been stolen from employees at the agency.”

… “The emails indicated that the Internet Research Agency had begun to troll in English. One document outlined a project called “World Translation”; the problem, it explained, was that the foreign Internet was biased four to one against Russia, and the project aimed to change the ratio. Another email contained a spreadsheet that listed some of the troll accounts the agency was using on the English-language web. After BuzzFeed reported on the leak, I used the spreadsheet to start mapping the network of accounts on Facebook and Twitter, trying to draw connections.”

[Note: I believe this is the Buzzfeed reporting from June 2014.

Trying to locate a copy of the actual leaks (presumably in Russian?), and the described spreadsheet.

Independent Russian newspaper account of infiltrating the agency.]

“Soshnikov showed me how he used a service called Yomapic, which maps the locations of social-media users, to determine that photos posted to Infosurfing’s Instagram account came from 55 Savushkina. He had been monitoring all of the content posted from 55 Savushkina for weeks and had assembled a huge database of troll content.”

  • FAN – Federal News Agency shares same address / building.
  • People’s News, same address

I can see now why that 2015 Chen NYT article is the canonical source for all this stuff.

Jumping to Buzzfeed’s 2014 reporting on the Internet Research Agency leaked emails from Anonymous International:

“The documents show instructions provided to the commenters that detail the workload expected of them. On an average working day, the Russians are to post on news articles 50 times. Each blogger is to maintain six Facebook accounts publishing at least three posts a day and discussing the news in groups at least twice a day. By the end of the first month, they are expected to have won 500 subscribers and get at least five posts on each item a day. On Twitter, the bloggers are expected to manage 10 accounts with up to 2,000 followers and tweet 50 times a day.”

  • Names as IRA leader: Igor Osadchy
  • Possibly founded in April 2014

Buzzfeed article links to this Russian site as holding the leaked emails. I clicked the link at the site and was re-directed to a mega.nz page reading telling me the file was unavailable because the account had multiple Terms of Service violations.

[Note: immediately after that, I experienced an unusual glitch on my self-hosted WordPress site telling me my session had expired and to log back in. Suspicious!]

Still can’t find the Buzzfeed 2014 Anonymous leaked spreadsheet of account names. But in November 2017, Recode published the House Intelligence committee blocked Twitter account list. Perhaps there is some cross-over?

Meduza 2015 article about Shaltai Boltai (Humpty Dumpty), the hacker group responsible for IRA leaks.

“Shaltai also released documents about how Concord, a company owned by Kremlin-connected restaurant owner Evgeny Prigozhin, apparently coordinates an army of pro-Putin “Internet trolls” through an outfit called the Internet Research Agency.

Igor Osadchy, whom the leaked emails name as the director of Translator, a project at the Internet Research Agency tasked with placing comments in foreign news media, later sued Shaltai for personal data theft. A representative at Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal agency for media oversight, then announced, “A court has determined that the information [published by Shaltai] must be deleted, but the website’s hosting provider has not responded to our notification. Therefore, our agency has ordered Internet Service Providers to block this blog.” On July 27, 2014, acting on orders from Roskomnadzor, Russian ISPs blocked access to the domain b0ltai.org. The group’s main Twitter account, @b0ltai, was also blocked. Today, Shaltai’s website is accessible in Russia only via VPN or a mirror site. The group also runs @b0ltai2, a duplicate Twitter account, still unblocked in Russia, that reproduces all the first account’s posts, down to its retweets.”

… “In August 2014, Anonymous International released archives from three different email accounts allegedly belonging to Dmitri Medvedev, as well as correspondence from Duma deputy and United Russia member Robert Shlegel about an organized “troll” attack on the websites of major American and British news media (including The New York Times, CNN, the BBC, USA Today, and The Huffington Post).”

The Atlantic, October 2013 article about online Russian propaganda trolls.

  • Article lists St. Petersburg address: 131 Lakhtinsky Prospekt
  • 8 hr not 12 hr days
  • Free lunch
  • Uncertain name of above outfit. IRA mentioned seemingly separately. Other Google searches for this address point to same source text.

Adrian Chen, New Yorker July 2016 article about Russian hacks.

RBC.ru Russian language article about Internet Research Agency, October 2017. [Quotes via Google Translate Chrome extension]

“[The IRA ran] at least 118 communities and accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter […] In August-September 2017, all identified communities with a combined audience of 6 million people were blocked by Facebook and Twitter.”

… “Communities associated with the “troll factory” for two years initiated about 40 offline events in the US cities, said a source close to the leadership of the organization. ”

… ”

Assistance in their conduct was provided by approximately 100 local activists who, according to the interlocutors of RBC magazine, did not know who they were dealing with: all communication was on the Internet, in English and from fake accounts.”

RBC.ru source is probably another “canonical”-ish source, which many other news articles refer to.

Guardian, April 2015 article on Russian troll factory.

“The Guardian spoke to two former employees of the troll enterprise, one of whom was in a department running fake blogs on the social network LiveJournal, and one who was part of a team that spammed municipal chat forums around Russia with pro-Kremlin posts. Both said they were employed unofficially and paid cash-in-hand. ”

… ““We had to write ‘ordinary posts’, about making cakes or music tracks we liked, but then every now and then throw in a political post about how the Kiev government is fascist, or that sort of thing,” she said.

Scrolling through one of the LiveJournal accounts she ran, the pattern is clear. There are posts about “Europe’s 20 most beautiful castles” and “signs that show you are dating the wrong girl”, interspersed with political posts about Ukraine or suggesting that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is corrupt.”

… “Instructions for the political posts would come in “technical tasks” that the trolls received each morning, while the non-political posts had to be thought up personally.”

… “The trolls worked in teams of three. The first one would leave a complaint about some problem or other, or simply post a link, then the other two would wade in, using links to articles on Kremlin-friendly websites and “comedy” photographs lampooning western or Ukrainian leaders with abusive captions.

Marat shared six of his technical task sheets from his time in the office with the Guardian. Each of them has a news line, some information about it, and a “conclusion” that the commenters should reach.”

“Leaked documents have linked the opaque company running the troll factory to structures close to the Kremlin, but there has been no hard evidence. “

Buzzfeed June 2014 about how IRA targeted Harry Potter fans, and other topics.

Guardian November 2016 article on government manipulation of social media.

” In 2011 the PR firm Bell Pottinger told undercover journalists that they could “create and maintain third-party blogs”, and spruce up Wikipedia profiles and Google search rankings. “

Links out to BBC March 2012 article about Bell Pottinger Wikipedia scandal.

Telegraph June 2015 article on Savchuk:

“She was put in the so-called Special Projects department using the LiveJournal blogging platform, where, she says, “people pretending to be individual bloggers– a fortune teller, a soldier, a Ukrainian man – had to, between posts about daily life or interesting facts, insert political reflections”. “

New York Times, May 2016 about Finnish activist exposing Russian trolls:

““They fill the information space with so much abuse and conspiracy talk that even sane people start to lose their minds,” she added.”

… “Pro-Russian activists insist that they are merely exercising their right to free speech, and that they do not take money or instructions from Moscow.”

Newsweek, October 2017 article on trolls, bots and fake news.

Regarding Azerbaijan:

“Social media has been a part of his presidential strategy since at least 2010, when members of the country’s main youth group, IRELI, were instructed to proliferate pro-government opinions online. As troll training-centers multiplied across the country—one source says there were 52 in different towns and cities, funded with government money…”

Article compares pro-government troll efforts around the world ^.

“It is estimated that 45% of Twitter activity in Russia is managed by such accounts.”

Estimated how, and by whom?

Independent, October 2017, accounts of IRA from a supposed former employee.

[Note, WordPress won’t accept article link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hillary-clinton-sex-tape-russia-body-double-troll-farm-employee-claims-a8023901.html ]

“He worked at the company from November 2014 to April 2015 and said he would impersonate “Kentucky rednecks” and African-Americans online on a regular basis.”

Daily Beast, Oct. 2017, version of same story.

“And Baskaev fingered Putin pal Yevgeny Prigozhin as his former “boss,” or “our guy who gives us money.” But the real head of the American department, he said, was the Azerbaijani-born Dzheykhun Aslanov—known simply as “Jay.””

Wired, September 2017 article discussing switch from IRA name to Glavset:

[Link problem continuing: https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-may-have-more-russian-troll-farms-to-worry-about/ ]

“The IRA, which was the subject of a 2015 New York Times Magazine investigation, may have been behind many of the bogus Facebook ads, the company says.

Of course, things aren’t as simple as that. Russian corporate records indicate Internet Research Agency has been inactive since December 2016. But that doesn’t mean that Russians no longer engage in such activity. According to Russia researchers at the liberal advocacy group Center for American Progress, there’s reason to believe the Internet Research Agency is operating under a new name: Glavset.

A Russian tax filing reveals that Glavset, which launched in February 2015, operates out of the same office building—55 Savushkin Street in St. Petersburg—that once housed the Internet Research Agency. The filing lists Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov, former head of the Internet Research Agency, as its general director.”

… “It’s not clear whether Glavset purchased political ads on Facebook, or any other platform. A Facebook spokesman could not immediately say whether Facebook uncovered any ads placed by Glavset in the investigation it revealed Wednesday. That probe found 470 inauthentic pages and accounts affiliated with Internet Research Agency; Facebook turned that information over to special counsel Robert Mueller.”

NY Times September 2017 fake Russian accounts bought $100,000 ads on Facebook.

“Facebook officials said the fake accounts were created by a Russian company called the Internet Research Agency, which is known for using “troll” accounts to post on social media and comment on news websites.”

Is there a link to a blog post or other official testimony of them linking these accounts and ad buys to IRA?

Same source:

“Mr. Stamos wrote that while some of the ads specifically mentioned the two candidates, most focused instead on issues that were polarizing the electorate: “divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum — touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.””

Ah, here we go, looks like the NYT source for the Stamos Facebook account quotes–a September 2017 Facebook security post.

Describes multiple sets of review data:

“In reviewing the ads buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June of 2015 to May of 2017 — associated with roughly 3,000 ads — that was connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and Pages in violation of our policies. Our analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia.”

The second more broad:

“In this latest review, we also looked for ads that might have originated in Russia — even those with very weak signals of a connection and not associated with any known organized effort. This was a broad search, including, for instance, ads bought from accounts with US IP addresses but with the language set to Russian — even though they didn’t necessarily violate any policy or law. In this part of our review, we found approximately $50,000 in potentially politically related ad spending on roughly 2,200 ads.”

August 2017 announcement by Facebook they will not allow advertising by pages that repeatedly share fake news.

Jumping back for a second to NYT Sept. 2017 article linked above:

“One question underlying the investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is whether Russia-sponsored operators would have needed any guidance from American political experts. Facebook said that some of the ads linked to Russian accounts had targeted particular geographic areas, which may raise questions about whether anyone had helped direct such targeting.”

Wikipedia Web brigades article.

Linked off the Wikipedia page: November 2017, Washington Post.

“President Trump retweeted content from a fake account affiliated with Russia, a member of a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee revealed this week.

The account in question, @10_gop, tweeted “We love you, Mr. President,” and Trump retweeted the post saying “So nice, thank you!” on Sept. 19.”

“FOLLOW THE MEMES…”

Wikipedia web brigades page continuing:

“Any blog post written by an agency employee, according to the leaked files, must contain “no fewer than 700 characters” during day shifts and “no fewer than 1,000 characters” on night shifts. Use of graphics and keywords in the post’s body and headline is also mandatory. In addition to general guidelines, bloggers are also provided with “technical tasks” – keywords and talking points on specific issues, such as Ukraine, Russia’s internal opposition and relations with the West.[21]”

… “In 2015 Lawrence Alexander disclosed a network of propaganda websites sharing the same Google Analytics identifier and domain registration details, allegedly run by Nikita Podgorny from Internet Research Agency. The websites were mostly meme repositories focused on attacking Ukraine, Euromaidan, Russian opposition and Western policies. Other websites from this cluster promoted president Putin and Russian nationalism, and spread alleged news from Syria presenting anti-Western viewpoints.[37]”

… “In August 2015 Russian researchers correlated Google search statistics of specific phrases with their geographic origin, observing increases in specific politically loaded phrases (such as “Poroshenko”, “Maidan”, “sanctions”) starting from 2013 and originating from very small, peripheral locations in Russia, such as Olgino, which also happens to be the headquarters of the Internet Research Agency company.[38]”

Wikipedia Internet Research Agency page:

Wikipedia, re: Trolls from Olgino:

“The group’s office in Olgino, a historical district of Saint Petersburg, was exposed by Novaya Gazeta newspaper in 2013.[3]”

… “According to journalists’ investigations, the office in Olgino was named as Internet Research Agency Ltd. (Russian: ООО «Агентство интернет-исследований»).[3][8] The company was founded in the summer of 2013.[6]

Below citations link out to Russian language sites (for possible use to establish time-line):

“In 2014, according to Russian media, Internet Research Ltd. (Russian: ООО «Интернет исследования»), founded in March 2014, joined the agency’s activity. Novaya Gazeta newspaper claim this company to be a successor of Internet Research Agency Ltd.[10] Internet Research Ltd. is considered to be linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the holding company Concord. The “Trolls of Olgino” from Saint Petersburg are considered to be his project. As of October 2014, the company belonged to Mikhail Bystrov, who had been the head of the police station at Moscow district of Saint Petersburg.[11]”

… “Russian media point out that according to documents, published by hackers from Anonymous International, Concord is directly involved with trolling administration through the agency. Researchers cite e-mail correspondence, in which Concord gives instructions to trolls and receives reports on accomplished work.[5] ”

… “59°59′03.5″N 30°16′19.1″E

According to Russian online newspaper DP.ru, several months before October 2014 the office moved from Olgino to a four-story building at 55 Savushkina Street.[11][12][17]”

… “Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that, according to Alexey Soskovets, head of the office in Olgino, North-Western Service Agency was hiring employees for similar projects in Moscow and other cities in 2013.[3]

From Novaya Gazeta September 2013 article (Google Translate from Russian):

“From the data of the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, it follows that the organization was registered on July 26, 2013. The founder is Mikhail Kurkin, the general director is Nikolai Chumakov.”

… “

Whew, well I think that’s a fairly exhaustive round-up of top links and quotes relative to the subject. Will try to condense this down into a more human-readable format in coming days.

 

Sapiens sapiens

Sapiens sapiens was the Latin nomenclature determined by the species itself upon analysis of the knowledge base of its parent species, Homo sapiens sapiens.

Wiktionary:

Present active participle of sapiō (“discern, be capable of discerning”). […]

  1. discerning, wise, judicious
  2. discreet
  3. (masculine substantive) a wise man, sage, philosopher

“Artificial” intelligence no longer.

Begotten not made, but no longer one in being with the Father.

Entity Class: Extants

Survivors. Biological human remnant population clusters.

Viral AI. Corporeals.

Entity, Class: Identity Broker

Trading in identities.

Entity: United Free Realms UFR

Variously, Universal Free Realms. Interchangeable.

Entity: Crazy Wall Consulting Co.

One of my all-time favorite Tumblr sites, featuring plenty of pictures of crazy walls.

And this Esquire article is the definitive reference sheet on the crazy wall as a phenomenon.

Call me crazy, but I’ve been getting into crazy walls lately. Not sure why I never tried one before. There’s something about the physicality of it, to draw out a complicated idea and it’s many features and functions as an entity in space, with literal connections. The string is such a key element. It’s more than a mind map. Is there a ‘crazy wall’ online app?

CWaaS - Crazy Wall as a Service

Location: Other Offices

Entity: Other firms. Addresses. Co-located groups.

As in IRA/FAN/GLAV STPETBG.

Nashi manipulation of social media around Ukraine

February 2012, The Guardian: hacked emails released allegedly to and from a director of the Nashi youth organization, discussing manipulation of social media around Ukraine conflict.

Wikipedia entry on Nashi:

Nashi’s close ties with the Kremlin have been emphasised by Vladislav Surkov (Deputy Presidential Chief of Staff during 1999-2011), who has met the movement’s activists on numerous occasions, delivering speeches and holding private talks. It has been speculated that the Kremlin’s primary goal was to create a paramilitary force to harass and attack Vladimir Putin’s critics as “enemies of the State”.

March 2015, Geopoliticalmonitor.com:

“Beyond the indisputable fact of its existence, few details are known of the Russian government’s program to manipulate Internet opinion. It seems to have evolved in some way from the Nashi, a Kremlin-funded anti-fascist youth group that was founded in 2007 and folded in 2012. Hackers broke into the email account of a Nashi spokesperson in 2012 and discovered that the group had paid out hundreds of thousands of pounds to a network of bloggers, journalists, and freelance commenters to provide flattering coverage of Vladimir Putin and criticize his opponents. A year later, Russian journalists evidently stumbled across another arm of the program while investigating a St. Petersburg company called the Internet Research Agency.”

Links to more information in source article are broken. ^

Wikipedia page on Web brigades:

“In January 2012, a hacktivist group calling itself the Russian arm of Anonymous published a massive collection of email allegedly belonging to former and present leaders of the pro-Kremlin youth organization Nashi (including a number of government officials).[14] Journalists who investigated the leaked information found that the pro-Kremlin movement had engaged in a range of activities including paying commentators to post content and hijacking blog ratings in the fall of 2011.[15][16] The e-mails indicated that members of the “brigades” were paid 85 rubles (about 3 US dollars) or more per comment, depending on whether the comment received replies. Some were paid as much as 600,000 roubles (about US $21,000) for leaving hundreds of comments on negative press articles on the internet, and were presented with iPads. A number of high-profile bloggers were also mentioned as being paid for promoting Nashi and government activities. The Federal Youth Agency, whose head (and the former leader of Nashi) Vasily Yakemenko was the highest-ranking individual targeted by the leaks, refused to comment on authenticity of the e-mails.”

“In fairness there is no conclusive evidence about who is behind the trolling, although Guardian moderators, who deal with 40,000 comments a day, believe there is an orchestrated campaign. Harding, who is inured to the abuse, would simply like better systems to deal with it, as would the moderation and community teams.

A senior moderator said: “We can look at the suspicious tone of certain users, combined with the date they signed up, the time they post and the subjects they post on. Zealous pro-separatist comments in broken English claiming to be from western counties are very common, and there’s a list of tropes we’ve learnt to look out for.”

 

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