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By Bruce Sussman
Mon | Aug 6, 2018 | 8:25 AM PDT

The Italian version of Huffington Post is calling it "the Russian hand behind the attack" against Italian president Sergio Mattarella.

The story is in Italian, but here is the translation of a key section:

"At two o'clock in the morning, suddenly, there is an absolutely anomalous activity on Twitter: in just a few minutes there are about 400 new profiles, all of which can be traced back to a single origin. Profiles from which immediately leave thousands of messages—with all evidence already ready—in an attack multiplied with the same goal...."

The goal, most likely, is using bots to destabilize and divide.

In this case, experts are pointing the finger at Russia.

And while this does not appear confirmed, we know this type of thing is a key part of Russia's strategy that it plays around the globe.

We learned about Russia's modus operandi at SecureWorld Detroit when former Director of Operations at U.S. Cyber Command, Major General Brett Williams, explained the top three cyber threats to the United States.

An analysis of Russia's troll farms using bots on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election was just shared by FiveThirtyEight, along with millions of tweets and this eye-popping chart:


You can read more on the Italian case (if you speak Italian or have Google translate it) at Huffington Post Italy.