Pentagon punted Russian trolls offline during US midterms to prevent meddling


On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that the U.S.'s main military cyber operation blocked Internet access to a Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency on November 8, the date of last year's midterm elections.

The strike on the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, a company underwritten by an oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin, was part of the first offensive cyber campaign against Russian Federation created to thwart attempts to interfere with a USA election, the officials said.

Cyber Command had no immediate comment on the report.

Individuals familiar with the issue told The Washington Post that "they basically took the IRA offline" for a day or so.

Russian trolls were awfully quiet during the 2018 Midterms. "They shut 'em down".

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Russian internet trolls interfered in the 2016 elections by spreading disinformation and propaganda on social media prior to Americans casting ballots, USA officials previously concluded.

The efforts are being investigated by the Department of Justice as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into the alleged election meddling, and federal prosecutors have previously filed criminal charges against several Russians in connection with the troll farm's activities.

Even Russian hackers have mysterious internet outages.

Russian Federation has consistently denied all allegations that it used a mix of social media influence and cyberattacks in 2016 to sway the U.S. presidential elections in favour of Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a Democratic politician in the US House of Representatives filed legislation that would require Special Counsel Mueller's Russian Federation report to be made public and give Congress access to the investigation's underlying evidence.