Ukraine’s Security Service blocks ‘botfarm’ organized by Russian citizens

Source : 112 Ukraine

The group had more than 500 active accounts on social networks
10:36, 30 January 2020

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Employees of Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) have blocked the work of a "botfarm" organized by citizens of the Russian Federation and displaced persons from the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This was reported by SBU’s press service.

According to the Department of Counterintelligence Protection of the State's Interests in Information Security, the group had more than 500 active accounts through which its members distributed false information on social networks, instigated protest sentiments, and carried out information attacks on government officials' accounts.

“Botfarm” was also used to send anonymous messages about the demining of critical infrastructure and places of mass gathering of people, including shopping malls, subway stations and bus stations.

Related: Russia spread fake news via Twitter bots after Salisbury poisoning

Investigators also found that the attackers provided remote registration services to anonymous accounts, channels and communities via the Telegram messenger for arms, explosive and drug trafficking.

As we reported earlier, Russia used trolls and bots to unleash disinformation on social media in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, according to fresh Whitehall analysis. Government sources said experts had uncovered an increase of up to 4,000% in the spread of propaganda from Russia-based accounts since the attack,– many of which were identifiable as automated bots.

Related: Russian hackers attack Burisma, Kvartal 95 websites

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