Pentagon punted Russian trolls offline during USA midterms to prevent meddling

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The Washington Post is reporting that a us military agency blocked the Internet access of a Russian firm that intelligence agencies believed was trying to influence the 2018 USA midterm elections.

The U.S. military successfully disrupted a Russian troll farm on the day of the 2018 midterm elections using a new authority granted to them under the Trump administration.

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

Russian internet trolls meddled in the 2016 election by using social networking platforms including Facebook and Twitter to spread misinformation and sow discord, the US intelligence community previously concluded. "They shut 'em down".

President Trump personally authorized a US military operation that resulted in Russian internet trolls being unable to get online during the 2018 midterm elections, a report said Tuesday. Founded in 2009, it shares a headquarters and leadership with the National Security Agency, the main USA signals intelligence agency.

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Even Russian hackers have mysterious internet outages.

"We do not discuss classified cyberspace planning and operations", Holstead said in an emailed statement.

Prigozhin, also personally charged by Mueller, has been dubbed "Putin's cook" by Russian media because his catering business has organised banquets for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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.

The IRA is well known for its role in influencing the 2016 Presidential Campaign and sowing discord on social media sites.

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