"The attention to detail was remarkable, suggesting a tremendous amount of effort," wrote the Times' Adrian Chen. A recent Beyoncé single played in the background of a fake video, which also included a shot of a vehicle with the Hartsfield-Jackson logo.
On that same day, Dec. 13, Chen wrote that another group of accounts began spreading news of an unarmed black woman shot in Atlanta by police. The "news" included a video purportedly of the shooting itself.
All of this appeared to be the work of, or connected to, the Internet Research Agency, which Chen wrote "had become known for employing hundreds of Russians to post pro-Kremlin propaganda online under fake identities, including on Twitter, in order to create the illusion of a massive army of supporters."
Its cyber tactics routinely targeted the Russian government's domestic and foreign "enemies," as well as political dissidents, Chen wrote.
And one day last winter, it targeted Atlanta.