The Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat claimed Wednesday that he has reviewed reports which raised concerns that the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election by targeting Hillary Clinton in key swing states.
Appearing at a press conference, Democrat Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said, “As a former tech guy, what really concerns me is at least some reports, and we have to get to the bottom of this, that there were upwards of 1,000 paid internet trolls working out of a facility in Russia, in effect taking over a series of computers, which are then called a ‘botnet.’”
Botnets place malware on computer servers and are capable of redirecting internet traffic.
Warner continued by noting that the botnets would “generate news down to specific areas.” He said he has reviewed reports, which must be verified, indicating that the areas targeted were the key swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Trump’s margin of victory in those states was just over 100,000 votes.
Warner contends that the botnets disseminated “fake news” prior to the election such as “Clinton is sick or Clinton is taking money from some source.” Warner also claimed that Kremlin-backed media organizations such as RT and Sputnik dominated Google results when “election hacking” was searched.
“I’m not here to relitigate the election,” Warner said, adding that he simply wanted to put the “American public on a higher level of alert” about “huge, huge threats for basic democracy.”
H/T: The Daily Caller
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