"Factory trolls" Eugene Prigogine cut off in the United States from the Internet

The first ever offensive cyber attack by the Pentagon took place - and Russia turned out to be its object, or rather the “trolley factory” in the form of the St. Petersburg Internet Research Agency (AII) of Yevgeny Prigogine, an “oligarch close to Putin”.
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According to The Washington Post, the United States was able to "cut off" the Internet access at the key moment - on the day of the midterm elections to the US Congress on November 6, 2018.

More details. The WP publication is based on the words of several US federal officials. “This is a warning that actions against the United States have a price,” the newspaper writes.

The attack on AII was part of an offensive cyber campaign against Russia, conducted with the aim of preventing interference in the elections. This is the first combat operation of the Cyber ​​Command of the US Armed Forces, conducted jointly with the most closed American intelligence service of the NSA.

The operation was led by a special group to counter the Russian threat, created last year on behalf of the administration of Donald Trump from the staff of Cyber ​​Command and National Intelligence. She was personally overseen by the director of the NSA and Cyber ​​Command, Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone.

The blow deprived the Internet of the Internet - “they just turned them off”. The blocking of AII was so successful that the “trolls” started complaining to their system administrators.

The operation was not strategic, but tactical, but its goal was to “demonstrate the capabilities of the United States” and send a transparent hint that the rules of the game had changed.

Prigogine responded to a WP request on VKontakte, writing that he could not comment on the activities of the AII, “since he was not connected to him in any way”.

Context. Half a month ago, Nakasone requested an increase in the budget and staff of Cyber ​​Command from Congress on the eve of the 2020 presidential election. During the discussion, the senators asked him to publicly present examples of the successes of the cybernetic struggle. Now there are almost 6,000 men in command, and its annual budget is $ 610 million.

Shortly before the operation, in October 2018, the US Justice Department filed the first absentee charge against a Russian citizen in an attempt to intervene in the mid-term elections on November 6. The accused figure is 44-year-old Elena Khusiyanova, chief accountant of the Lakhta project, who in the United States is considered a cover for the troll factory »Prigogine. Allegedly, it was she who distributed $ 10 million allocated, among other things, to finance the "information war against the United States."

At about the same time, the New York Times wrote about the start of an Internet operation to counter Russian attempts to misinform voters and intervene in elections. However, this operation was more defensive: the "trolls" warned that they could be subject to sanctions.

In August 2018, Cyber ​​Command received the authority from Trump to conduct offensive cyber operations in peacetime.

A year ago, on February 16, 2018, the US Department of Justice charged 13 Russians and three organizations with interference in the 2016 presidential election. In particular, Prigogine and his companies Concord Management and Concord Catering were included in the “list of Special Prosecutor Muller”.