Russian-based misinformation campaign sends fake news from spoofed accounts

News by Robert Abel

The misinformation operations campaign used fake social media accounts across multiple platforms, at times impersonating real individuals who were politically active in western countries

A Russian-based information operations campaign used fake social media accounts across multiple platforms to attack western interests. 

Researchers from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, USA, detailed a report on a  Russian-based misinformation operations campaign that used fake social media accounts across multiple platforms, at times impersonating real individuals who were politically active in their home countries. 

The operations spread stories that attacked Western interests and unity and at least on two occasions, sent tweets imitating then-UK defense secretary Gavin Williamson and senator Marco Rubio of Florida, USA, according to the report .

In the case of the fake Marco Rubio tweet, the phony accounts claimed the British GCHQ spied on President Trump in 2016  and intends to use deep fakes to support Democrats during the midterm elections. 

The fake Gavin Williamson account tweeted a fake news story claiming the asssasination of a former Russian military officer and double agent for the UK’s intelligence services was linked to The Real Irish Republican Army.

Most of the stories seemed to present dramatic and emotional claims which may have resonated within conspiracy theorist but ultimately had a low impact. 

This article was originally published on SC Media US.

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