Juan Luis García Rambla, advisor for cybersecurity: “We know that in the factories of trolls working journalists”

To create the virtual life of a influencer non-existent cost hundreds of thousands of euros. Original images, family life, personal spaces on the internet, phone numbers, interactions, and opinions. Are the fake accounts of Twitter, used to influence politically in its thousands of followers.The advisor on cyber security Juan Luis García Rambla, the Spanish company collaborating with the CNI Sidertia Solutions, has been investigated in the past few months, these accounts fake used by Governments for political purposes in a medium-term bet, since they create an influential and takes at least a year, usually more. Rambla shall state the conclusions of your study in the upcoming conference of the CCN, the Center for Cryptology National dependent of the CNI, but this Wednesday presented a progress, in which he analyzed these profiles and created then some to see for yourself the results.She is especially interested in those that he qualifies as a killer, and that have been used to influence in the electoral process and political conflicts. These accounts “killer” is characterized by having thousands of followers, sometimes up to 200,000, of which between 30 and 40 per cent, relates Rambla, Efe, are profiles and also fake.”Cultivate” these identities are non-existent usually take years, but can you get in twelve months. Yes, with a high investment economic to be credible and cause a social impact.”You need to hire sociologists, develop images, convert faces in people. Create profiles on Facebook, hire phone numbers, there is to invent even families“, summarizes Rambla, a process that required “hundreds of thousands of euros to work” because, in the end, “it is how to create the life of a person“. “Unreal, but true,” he stresses.These accounts, which are born in times in the so-called “factories of trolls” or false, they need people behind to manage them, because only 25% of their management is automated. “We know that in the factories of trolls there are up to journalists working“.And based on other accounts also false that the follow. Are the Rambla called “support” and “followers” – created artificially by machines.The “support” would be on the next level of popularity. They have less followers that the killer and follow almost to the same number of profiles. These will take between 6 months and a year to manufacture.Finally, the accounts “followers” are the easier to create. Follow people and they follow no one, are not media and are produced in three or four weeks thanks to the tools which manage millions of profiles automatically.These programs are dedicated to follow, unfollow, and even tweeted, and they do so by avoiding patterns newspapers for engines of detection accounts fake of Twitter, not the hunt.All for get accounts killer, a tool of propaganda for expensive behind of which there is usually public money. “Are oriented to the support of countries such as Russia or China, although there are also private companies dedicated to this, as they hire actors Hollywood to increase the number of followers“, says the specialist. Rambla has studied these accounts thanks to a data base of millions of tweets from misinformation in the presidential election united States and has tried to create with those programs that are able to manage them automatically. The result: profiles from out of nowhere, building up in a month and a half until 500 followers, some “peculiar“, and growing. “The information that rush already has a certain legitimacy. These do not throw false news, but if they did it would cause a certain impact.”
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Juan Luis García Rambla, advisor for cybersecurity: “We know that in the factories of trolls working journalists”
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November 28, 2019

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