Ambassador Trollmaster Boned by a Turk
2015 December 09
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Summary
Ambassador Yakovenko, Master of Trolls at the Russian Embassy in London, turns out to be a serial buyer of followers. That he would buy followers is not as surprising as that he would buy them from someone other than the many Russians who offer such services. That he would buy them from a Turk is, under the present circumstances, more than a little amusing. His go-to vendor for followers, FollowerSale.com, makes some effort to appear as though they are in the United States. They have a little American flag on their site, an 800 number to call, and their whois record provides an address on Dikman Street, in the city of Carolina, in the state of Alabama. The Dikman Street in question is in Ankara, Turkey. Whether the Turk knew he'd hooked a rather prominent Russian ambassador is not known. Neither is it known whether or to what extent the Turk took advantage of the Ambassador's Twitter account, computer(s), phone(s), not to mention bank account(s). The rest is left to embedded tweets.

RU Ambassador Yakovenko, #KremlinTroll master himself, appears to be in the habit of buying followers. pic.twitter.com/STEckGmYIi

— aweisburd (@webradius) December 6, 2015

@christogrozev Its not the 1st time. @Amb_Yakovenko pic.twitter.com/ssQXWdvE1c

— ChristinK (@CKohutS) December 6, 2015

I’d like to note that the sale of followers and other manipulations of twitter are services I most often see sold by Russian criminals.

— aweisburd (@webradius) December 6, 2015

@CKohutS So it would seem. Good score for the Turkish hacker. Maybe not so good for the Ambassador.

— aweisburd (@webradius) December 6, 2015

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