That much became clear after the catastrophic hack—most likely by a foreign power—of sensitive federal employee data stored online.
These 5 stats explain the evolution of cyber warfare, its astronomical costs and its increasingly important role in geopolitics. Government Threats The massive breach of the Office of Personnel Management a couple weeks ago made headlines, but Washington has been fending off cyber-attacks for years now.
While exact figures are hard to come by, in May 2013 two former Pentagon officials admitted that “Chinese computer spies raided the databanks of almost every major U. defense contractor and made off with some of the country’s most closely guarded technological secrets.” That would be really impressive if it wasn’t so terrifying.
Wages started at 55,000 rubles (£725) per month for a new hire, rising to 120,000 rubles (£1600) for line managers.
In total, 250 people were employed, with 90 dedicated trolls working on the US election campaign at its peak.
Over two years, “the troll farm” spent $2.2m (£1.7m), the vast majority of which went on wages.
For Russia’s second city, the pay was reasonable but not excessive.
But the souls inside, busy with pro-Kremlin internet manipulation since 2011, have ensured their building will stay in the headlines for some time to come.
An investigation has revealed more intimate details about the office, known colloquially as “the troll farm.” The report, published on Tuesday by the business portal RBC, suggests that the organisation played a role in the US election campaign and its aftermath, organising as many as 40 US rallies and protests.
Close scrutiny made the trolling organisation change its methods.
Following publication of a long investigation in in June 2015, Facebook blocked its accounts.
Moscow has set up a sophisticated “troll army” under the umbrella of its Internet Research Agency to wage a massive disinformation campaign in support for its invasion of Ukraine, and of the Kremlin in general.
These trolls work hard, each one pumping out 135 comments per 12-hour shift. A full 70 percent of America’s corporate intellectual property theft is believed to originate from China.
(Pw C, The Wire, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal) 3.