Late Friday the US Department of Justice announced the indictment of a Russian national on charges of attempting to interfere with the approaching midterm elections. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of St. Petersburg, Russia, was charged with conspiracy to influence US elections. She is alleged to have been active in the 2016 election cycle as well, but her indictment marks the first charges brought in connection with the 2018 vote.
Her role is an interesting one: she's an accountant, and she's charged with managing the finances for "Project Lakhta," an influence campaign directed toward the now-familiar goal of inflaming existing American political and cultural fissures. As has been the case with most Russians indicted in the US, Ms Khusyaynova isn't in custody. If she ever faces trial, she could face five years' imprisonment.
US authorities continue to express concern over influence operations not only by Russia, but by China and Iran as well.
Saudi influence operations in social media draw attention as the Kingdom continues to vigorously and implausibly spin its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate. Twitter has banned inauthentic accounts pushing the Kingdom's official line. The New York Times also reports that Saudi intelligence services attempted to infiltrate Twitter by compromising an employee back in 2015.
The European Union concluded its meetings last week with gruff noises about cyber deterrence, but did not, finally, enact the tough sanctions against Russia the UK and Netherlands advocated.
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