The United States Army’s Facebook page comment section was the target of a sophisticated ‘Influence Botnet’ attack from the 16th-17th of February 2021. In this report, we conduct an analysis on this attack, the message content, profiles used, and a dive into bot detection.
What does 5th Column think?
What is 5th Column
The 5th Column platform is an is an artificial intelligence that detects bots or inauthentic accounts on social media. It is designed to track advertising fraud where up to 32% of digital spend is lost.
The 5th Column algorithm utilizes a scoring system to determine whether a user is a human, a bot, or falls into the ambiguous gray area. A score of 0 indicates a high probability of the user being a human, while a score of 1 suggests a high likelihood of the user being a bot.
If an account is regularly engaging with bots then their score may tend to be high even if they are actually a human.