Meta Countered Tactics by Russia and Belarus to Target Ukrainian Soldiers
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In a new report, Facebook’s parent company Meta said that it discovered and countered new tactics deployed by Russia and Belarus to target Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, including posing as journalists and independent news outlets online to push Russian talking points. The efforts sought to hack dozens of Ukrainian soldiers’ Facebook accounts and run coordinated campaigns to get posts by critics of Russia removed from social media.
Meta said the efforts by a hacking group known as “Ghostwriter,” which experts believe is linked to Belarus, were successful in a handful of cases. Meta also noted that actions by groups linked to the Russian and Belarusian governments appeared to intensify shortly before the invasion. The company said it had removed a network of about 200 accounts operated from Russia that repeatedly filed false reports about people in Ukrai…
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