Botnet Exposed: Massive Network Of Over 350,000 Fake Twitter Accounts

propaganda tech
…In this Age of Deception, we expect to reveal massive deception in all mass media platforms.
I wish to Thank Juan Echeverria, Zerohedge & Lozzafun1 blog for pointing to this report about Twitter-bots (Cyber-ops, trolls, spam, and scam). ~Ron

Grad Student Exposes Massive Network Of Over 350,000 Fake Twitter Accounts

A computer scientist in London has stumbled upon massive networks of fake Twitter accounts – with the largest consisting of over 350,000 profiles – which may have been used to ‘fake‘ numbers of followers, send spam, and boost interest in trending topics.

On Twitter, bots are accounts that are run remotely by someone who automates the messages they send and activities they carry out.

Some people pay to get bots to follow their account or to dilute chatter about controversial subjects.

As The BBC reports, UK researchers accidentally uncovered the lurking networks while probing Twitter to see how people use it.

The network of 350,000 bots stood out because all the accounts in it shared several subtle characteristics that revealed they were linked. These included:

  • tweets coming from places where nobody lives
  • messages being posted only from Windows phones
  • almost exclusively including quotes from Star Wars novels

It was “amazing and surprising” to discover the massive networks, said Dr Shi Zhou, a senior lecturer from UCL who oversaw Mr Echeverria’s research.

“Considering all the efforts already there in detecting bots, it is amazing that we can still find so many bots, much more than previous research,” Dr Zhou told the BBC.


“It is difficult to assess exactly how many Twitter users are bots,” said graduate student Juan Echeverria, a computer scientist at UCL, who uncovered the massive networks.

Mr Echeverria’s research began by combing through a sample of 1% of Twitter users in order to get a better understanding of how people use the social network.

However, analysis of the data revealed some strange results that, when probed further, seemed to reveal lots of linked accounts, suggesting one person or group is running the botnet. These accounts did not act like the bots other researchers had found but were clearly not being run by humans.

His research suggests earlier work to find bots has missed these types of networks because they act differently to the most obvious automated accounts.

The researchers are now asking the public via a website and a Twitter account to report bots they spot to help get a better idea of how prevalent they are. Many bots are obvious because they have been created recently, have few followers, have strange user names and little content in the messages.

“Their potential threats are real and scary due to the sheer size of the botnet,” he said.

A Twitter spokesman said the social network had clear policy on automation that was “strictly enforced”.

Perhaps not…



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One comment on “Botnet Exposed: Massive Network Of Over 350,000 Fake Twitter Accounts
  1. RonMamita says:

    America’s (and Trump’s) opposition?


    Trump is on a short leash!
    Is Trump a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

    Richard Steele is one of those “PATRIOTIC” individuals who really wish for a great America, but his writings are very insightful and names many insiders that must be kicked out of government.
    There are so many well meaning patriots, and it would be a good development if TRUMP would appoint many more of them into his administration (such as Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney, and others with experience) beside the lone choice of Robert Kennedy as Vaccine Chair (which is a minor position).

    America’s (and Trump’s) opposition:
    *Mike Pence (U.S. VP)
    *Paul Davis Ryan, Jr. currently is the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
    *Reinhold Richard “Reince” Priebus (White House Chief of Staff) he previously served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, RNC general counsel, and chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
    *entrenched neo-con bureaucrats
    *AIPAC & Israeli Lobbyists
    *former Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden
    *former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff
    *Bush family loyalists
    *Clinton family loyalists
    *Lynn Rothschild & Rothschild family
    *George Soros
    *WHO will call the shots for Trump to appoint senior national security, intelligence, foreign policy, and defense positions in his administration.

    Video posted 26 Jan 2017 by

    Title: Robert Steele “Did Lynn Rothschild Buy Donald Trump For $20 Billion? Or Is He For Real?”
    Video posted 26 Jan 2017 by The Richie Allen Show

    Title: Jeff Rense And Robert Steele – Shocking Enemies Inside And Out Of The Trump Presidency
    Video posted 24 Jan 2017 by Jeff Rense

    Robert David Steele wrote Donald Trump, The Accidental President — Under Siege! A Soft Coup Rages within a Closed Rigged System…

    “These neo-Cold Warriors are trying to convince Trump that he must maintain the Obama
    aggressiveness and militancy toward Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and other countries. The second front arrayed against Trump is from Soros-funded political groups and media. This second line of attack is a propaganda war, utilizing hundreds of anti-Trump newspapers, web sites, and broadcasters, that will seek to undermine public confidence in the Trump administration from its outset.”

    (Trump)…”slow to understand that his first priority, having been elected “unshackeled” and therefore an existential threat to the dual Democratic-Republican Establishment that represents only 30% of the eligible voters, must be to unify the country by educating the
    73% who did not vote for him, on how the system is rigged twelve different ways,[ii] and
    by passing the Electoral Reform Act – the Unity Act – to demonstrate to one and all that
    our President-Elect represents the fastest, cheapest path toward restoring integrity to
    our government and making our government, for the first time in a very long time, one that is Of, By, and For We the People instead of the 1%.”

    …It is also a fact that Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney,…
    – remain anathema to the Trump Transition Team. The GOP and the Trump Transition Team are a small closed system shutting out everyone else, which is precisely the wrong thing to do if Donald Trump is serious – I continue to give him personally the benefit of the doubt and offer my prayers – about unifying and nurturing our Republic, America the Beautiful.

    …If I were to single out just one author who is black, as far from the lily-white Donald Trump world as possible, and a Nobel-level mind whose reflections would be a persistent antidote to the self-confirming Swamp People that seem to be taking over the Trump Transition Team, it would be Cornell West, author of Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism.[26] Show me Donald Trump and Cornell West having a serious conversation, and I will guarantee you this country is on its way to greatness.

    …Whether [Trump] wants to resign at the earliest possible moment or not, an Electoral
    Reform Act, a Grand Strategy, and a completely new approach to how we hire, train, and support presidential personnel, could be his lasting legacy.

    The system remains rigged and the Swamp People appear on track to owning Donald Trump as
    they will own Mike Pence if Donald Trump leaves. Both these good men appear to be ignoring the God-given moment of opportunity for creating the 2nd American Republic – the inclusive open 2nd American Republic, no longer a neo-fascist gulag of, by, and for Wall Street.

    End QUOTES.


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