Ukraine's Security Service exposes group of Internet agitators in Kyiv

Source : 112 Ukraine

They were spreading fake news about COVID-19
19:04, 1 April 2020

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed a group of Internet agitators who were spreading fake coronavirus data for the money of the Russian Federation. This was reported by SBU’s press service.

"Two malefactors were carrying out Russia’s orders to publish false information about the spread of the coronavirus. They were aimed at causing panic, discrediting the authorities and destabilizing the socio-political situation in Ukraine," the statement said.

The agitators used a network of bot accounts to promote coronavirus fakes. They were receiving the tasks through a closed group on the social network "VKontakte" where the agitators reported on their work. The money was transferred to e-wallets.

Related: Russia spreads fakes about Covid-19 to harm West, - EU document

They are residents of Kyiv, they have provided access to accounts and private communities. Law enforcement officers are working on establishing the identity of instigators. 

As we reported earlier, since the beginning of lockdown in Ukraine, the law enforcers have checked 344 reports on possible illegal actions, particularly online fraud during the purchase of personal protective equipment. 

Totally, 228 facts are established on the publication of false or provocative information about coronavirus pandemic on information resources. Currently, the cyber police identified 116 people who spread this information,” the message said.

Related: Ukraine's cyber police identify 116 people who spread fakes about Covid-19


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