Facebook’s latest move to shut down accounts involved in interference in the US democratic process has prompted concern about possible election meddling in Australia. A former cyber security expert with the US State Department today issued a stark warning to Australians: we are not immune to the threat. Black Elevation, Mindful Being and Resisters are the names of just a few Facebook pages that had thousands of followers Facebook said were possibly linked to Russia, and involved in co-ordinated, inauthentic behaviour.
They’ve now been deleted, just before US Vice-President Mike Pence addressed a cybersecurity summit in New York.
“While other nations certainly possess the capability, the fact is Russia meddled in our 2016 election,” Mr Pence said.
“That is an unambiguous judgement of our intelligence community, and as the President said, we accept the intelligence community’s conclusion.”