As Bloomberg.com reported in late June, Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was considerably more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.” Investigators found evidence that cyber attackers accessed and then tried to alter or delete voter data in various states and even accessed a database containing campaign finance information in at least one state.
Also per Bloomberg, “Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.”
The investigation is still ongoing and while the area of focus may seem to be the collusion aspect, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has also coalesced all resources under the Department of Justice to figure out exactly what the hackers did, how they did it, and the full extent to which the election was impacted.
President Donald Trump continues to denounce and openly mock the ongoing investigation. At a rally in West Virginia, the president said that “there were no Russians in our campaign” and said that claims of his campaign’s involvement are “a total fabrication.”
Even as Trump was jokingly asking the crowd whether any Russians were in attendance, Russia-linked social media networks were attacking President Trump’s national security adviser, General H.R. McMaster using the same tactics they deployed against the 2016 presidential election. Russia-linked Twitter accounts had for days been piling onto a campaign created by the alt-right to fire Trump’s national security adviser. McMasters is viewed by some of the president’s base as a “globalist tool” who’s a roadblock to their nationalist agenda.
Hamilton 68 is a new dashboard tracing real time Russia-linked information warfare via Twitter. According to the nonpartisan Alliance for Securing Democracy, Hamilton is currently tracking 600 twitter accounts and analyzing “a network of accounts linked to and participating in Russian influence campaigns.”
Hamilton 68 shows that #FireMcMaster became a globally top trending hashtag. The New York Times reported Friday, the #FireMcMaster hashtag had been tweeted more than 50,000 times in the previous 48 hours. “Echoing the drumbeat were social media organs tied to the Russian government.”
Former FBI agent Clint Watts, who is one of the cyber warfare experts behind the project, alerted his followers to the existence of Hamilton 68 and said, “Here’s what #Putin wants Americans talking about.”
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) August 2, 2017
Perhaps we should be grateful for the audacious #FireMcMaster campaign and its underpinning provided by a large network of Russia-linked accounts. When Michael Flynn was Trump’s national security advisor, he continued to cultivate the warm and fuzzy friendship he’d allegedly already established with Russia during Trump’s campaign.
McMaster is… not doing that. Hamilton 68 is particularly interesting when viewed in conjunction with whatever narrative might be coming from, say, Steve Bannon’s media hometown: Breitbart News. POLITICO has classified has Breitbart’s coverage “a nonstop campaign against national security adviser H.R. McMaster, but so far it seems to have done the most damage to someone else: Steve Bannon.”