Cyberwarfare by Russia

North Koreans used fake social media accounts to bypass sanctions

Kim Jong-un sits in chair smiling.
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North Koreans used fake personas on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media sites to generate tens of thousands of dollars in income all the while bypassing sanctions, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds.

Why it matters: North Koreans are taking advantage of the same social media tools that allowed Russians to interfere in the 2016 election to test not just the limits of democracy, but financial exploits as well.

The red flags on Trump's new election security order

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President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order mandating automatic sanctions against countries that interfere in U.S. elections.

The big picture: The order covers fewer scenarios than you’d think, guarantees less in sanctions than a pending bipartisan Senate bill and has left critics wondering exactly how seriously the president can be taken on the issue, when he has repeatedly claimed that the jury is out on well-documented foreign interference.