Fake Russian accounts attack Ukraine on social media, claims Meta (Facebook)

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The team of cybersecurity closed a series of fake accounts linked to Russia and blocked the sharing of Internet addresses linking to sites spreading false informationexplained David Agranovich, director of the threat management team at Facebook.

“They operated websites posing as independent news entities and created fake profiles on social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and also Russian (networks) Odnoklassniki and VK
”, according to a blog post from Meta.

In some cases, “

they used profile pictures which we believe were generated using artificial intelligence techniques

“, adds the group.

The small network of Fake Facebook and Instagram accounts targeted residents of Ukraine and his posts sought to lure people to websites spreading false information about that country’s efforts to defend itself against the Russian invasion.

Meta specifies having linked the network to people in Russia and Ukraine, as well as organizations like NewsFront and SouthFront in Crimeathe Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014.

According to the United States, NewsFront and SouthFront are disinformation outlets that take orders from Russian intelligence services. These organizations are among more than a dozen entities sanctioned by Washington for trying to influence the 2020 US presidential election, “under the direction of officials” from Russia.

“Ghostwriter”

From false claims published by the sites include those that the West has betrayed Ukraine or that Ukraine is a failed state, according to Mr. Agranovich.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine launched last Thursday was an opportunity of an outbreak of fake news on the internetin particular on social networks, a phenomenon that has become recurrent with each outbreak of war or conflict.

For a few days, a hacker group named Ghostwriter that appears to operate from Russia has stepped up its actions against military figures and journalists in Ukraineadded the Meta security team.

Ghostwriter uses in particular phishing technique to trick its victims into clicking on links leading to malicious sites hosting harmful software to steal their passwords.

The goal appeared to be to take over Facebook accounts to disseminate disinformation links, such as a YouTube video falsely claiming to show Ukrainian soldiers surrendering to Russian soldiers, according to Meta.


We have taken steps to secure the accounts that we believe are targeted by this actor’s threat

“, assured Nathaniel Gleicher, head of security policy at Facebook. “
We also blocked phishing domains that these hackers were using to try to trick people in Ukraine

“.

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