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Ukraine shuts down Russian bot farm operating one million fake accounts that spread disinformation


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The farm, operating secretly in the capital of Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Vinnytsia, ran over one million bot accounts and several groups on social media networks with an audience of almost 400,000 people.

 

The SSU also found at least 5,000 SIM cards used to create and maintain fake social media accounts and 200 proxy servers to spoof IP addresses and avoid being blocked by websites. Special custom software was developed so the farm operators could automatically manage the accounts across the most popular social networks.

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The SSU writes that the farm's goal was to discredit Ukraine's leadership and destabilize the country's social and...

Interesting to see some details about these bot farms. 

 

Lets not dive into politics please. 

 

 

Alt source: 

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The Ukrainian cyber police (SSU) has shut down a massive bot farm of 1,000,000 bots used to spread disinformation on social networks.

 

 

 

 

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It will be interesting to see exactly what disinformation was being posted from those accounts.

 

I have noticed certain subreddits with tens/hundreds of thousands of followers went from a few thousand new posts per day down to 10-50 new posts per day overnight in February. So I do have an educated guess as to what that disinformation is.

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Wow, this is crazy. 

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What a world we live in. Putting so much effort into propaganda. Can we not put that sort of effort into Folding 😛

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Wonder how common it is in all the world. 🤑

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16 hours ago, bonami2 said:

Wonder how common it is in all the world. 🤑

More than we think I reckon! Lets cease them all and do good with them! 

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21 minutes ago, ENTERPRISE said:

More than we think I reckon! Lets cease them all and do good with them! 

Agreed wholeheartedly!  We're clearly in an information war and have been for some time.  Enough is enough.  I say we demand the truth, and nothing BUT the truth.  These bot farms, regardless of who operates them, are only there for one purpose, and that's to spread false information and propaganda.

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Just remembered that i got like 3 bot account on my Linkedin.  They use fake picture from thispersondonotexist website for some reason and send you ad for job and like your profile to act like a really friendly person 😐

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