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Man from Ivano-Frankivsk region created almost 12,000 pro-Russian bot-farm

Source : 112 Ukraine

Mostly the clients from Russia were the customers of the services
18:43, 26 July 2021

Ukraine's Security Service

A man from the Ivano-Frankivsk region created a powerful “bot-farm” with almost 12,000 SIM cards that fulfilled the tasks of the clients from Russia as the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported.

“Mostly the clients from Russia were the customers of the services. The capacities of the farm were used when the grand-scale distortion of the real state of things. Mostly, it concerned the cheating with the number of reviews, likes, comments on social network and video hosting services,” the message says.

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According to the investigation, the organizer of the ‘bot farm’ is a specialist in information and telecommunication technologies. “Only since the beginning of the year, he used for registration of fake accounts almost 12,000 SIM cards of Ukrainian and Russian mobile operators,” the press service noted.

The clients paid with Russian rubles for the services of bots. During the search in the house of the perpetrator, SIM communication services, PCs and other specialized telecommunication equipment, and almost 3,000 SIM cards of mobile operators were seized.

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The perpetrator faces up to five years in prison.

As we reported, Ukrainian law enforcers detained Russian FSB agent who planned a terror attack. It turned out that the culprit served with the so-called "people's police of LPR" (non-recognized Luhansk People's Republic, - 112 International). In 2020, he was recruited as the agent of Russia's Federal Security Bureau. He tried to receive classified information from a military research institute in Kharkiv city, using the aid from an insider. However, in February 2021, the latter was apprehended.

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