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Meta says China-based campaign aimed at U.S. election

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But...but...less than 5% of tweets on twitter are from bots, OK. Just trust me, says the CEO.

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Didn’t Musk say up to 20%?

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"The campaign used fake accounts at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, posting on both sides of politically divisive topics such as abortion and gun control, Meta said in a report."

this is the part that is never communicated strongly when this topic comes up. It is always framed by the media like its 100% support of the non liberal side as some kind of "gotcha!".

Its not.

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his is the part that is never communicated strongly when this topic comes up. It is always framed by the media like its 100% support of the non liberal side as some kind of "gotcha!".

Elections finance law complaints against an Asian day-spa operator from South Florida who allegedly funneled contributions from Chinese elites, likely including foreign nationals, to a campaign committee backing then-President Donald Trump have quietly been dismissed. The dismissal by the Federal Elections Commission came despite a staff finding that laws likely were broken and that the matter merited the FEC’s full attention. The six-member panel split 3-3, as is its usual practice, on whether to proceed, with Democrats voting yes and Republicans saying no. Four votes are needed for a full investigation to occur.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article266420016.html

Wonder what the Repubs are afraid of?

Gotcha...

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No, China is not.

despite the same off topic and deleted comment from this morning being reposted by a alternate user name that is the same person.

trump is not mentioned in the article and it clearly says “both sides” are being targeted.

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The Chinese perhaps should use a VPN to make it look like they're logging in from the US.

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Where-ever people can comment upon things, we will inevitably see some trying to coerce the direction of sentiment. Even... here on JT, though we do have active "Moderators" here, who do their best to "filter" / censor / review comments tirelessly.... it must be hard work at times.

Meta is huge, and their "Moderators" won't always be on the ball, though purges now and then, make news headlines and gives the impression that they're on top of things.

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China is already fighting a war with the United States in every which way but actual shooting.

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Meta said it was unable to determine whether the Chinese government was linked to the campaign, only that it originated in China.

The campaign used fake accounts at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, posting on both sides of politically divisive topics such as abortion and gun control, Meta said in a report.

Gee .... the sources are from China. Facebook, Instagram, twitter are all blocked in China, but somehow these posts were possible?

Of course it was the CCP. Let's not be stupid.

Using a VPN is illegal in China. When caught, if the govt doesn't approve, people go to jail. It is pretty clear - the CCP approved and funded this effort.

When I see my servers attacked by Chinese IPs thousands of times an hour, I know the CCP is tacitly approving those attacks, probably as training. Mainland Chinese University networks are commonly used as the sources, but sometimes they are traced to corporations and others to govt buildings in China. They are sloppy.

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@theFu - using a VPN from China not generally possible.... for the man in the street...

Though if you were working for the CCP's Cyber team, and had your own access through their Firewall, then using a VPN to make it appear that you were logging in from somewhere else, would be, a no-brainer... clearly there's a problem with the intelligence of those Cyber-hackers in the CCP, or the CCP has a problem with their Firewall that they too, can't get out, or... IP spoofing is at play.

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@theFu - using a VPN from China not generally possible.... for the man in the street...

Um, no. VPNs are widely used in China. I have used them there and only once encountered a problem with connectivity that the VPN was able to resolve in a matter of hours.

Though if you were working for the CCP's Cyber team, and had your own access through their Firewall, then using a VPN to make it appear that you were logging in from somewhere else, would be, a no-brainer... clearly there's a problem with the intelligence of those Cyber-hackers in the CCP, or the CCP has a problem with their Firewall that they too, can't get out, or... IP spoofing is at play

No, it is more prosaic. Here is a primer in layman's terms. You might want to read Fireeye's expose of what they called APT1, Advanced Persistent Threat 1. They were able to trace a hacking group to a specific unit of the People's Liberation Army, specific locations and were able to identify hackers by name. First the layman's primer:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-experts-determine-source-cyber-attack-edward-amoroso

Here is the Fireeye report on APT 1. They even have playbacks of their exploits as they were underway. The report was written before Mandiant changed their name to Fireeye.

https://www.fireeye.com/content/dam/fireeye-www/services/pdfs/mandiant-apt1-report.pdf?source=post_page---------------------------

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Gee .... the sources are from China. Facebook, Instagram, twitter are all blocked in China, but somehow these posts were possible?

Not only possible but entirely normal. TOR through an obfusproxy, a VPN or TOR over a VPN are all ways that Chinese access banned content from the west.

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VPNs are widely used in China.

Illegally:

Recently, VPNs were banned in China and are now considered a crime by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/why-vpns-are-illegal-in-china-and-how-to-get-around-it/

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Recently, VPNs were banned in China and are now considered a crime by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

They have been illegal for a while. So what? To quote my own family there; "the government does what it wants and we do what we want". There is no sense of any kind of duty to obey the laws coming from the CCP.

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Recently, VPNs were banned in China and are now considered a crime by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Btw, this is the same government that sent red guards to force my wife to speak against her own mother because she was a teacher and her father was a "capitalist roader". Most families have such stories so if you think the Chinese give a rip about the laws of the CCP you are delusional. Everyone does what they want and what they think they can get away with.

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Btw, western businesses us VPNs to conduct business in China as a matter of routine. It is often the only way a firm can conduct business internationally from sites inside PRC.

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Of course the Chinese are doing this. They saw how saw how effecive Russian disinformation was at affecting the 2016 Election.

Without an agressive Russian FB disinformation campaign, Trump would have very likely lost. It's low cost, low risk for the CCP and FB has already proven that it will take money from ANYONE.

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