Meta says it removed countless fake Facebook accounts controlled by state actors from Russia and Belarus. Trolls have been spreading disinformation and hacking Ukrainian military accounts.
This is, of course, a good thing. but i wonder How many trolls are sneaking through the network? If you’ve ever tried and failed to report bad guys on Facebook, you’ll probably agree that Meta is really, really, laughably bad in eliminating “inauthentic behavior”.
Not that any of this is new. In today’s SB Blogwatch, we top it.
Your humble blog observer selected these blog snippets for your entertainment. Not to mention: Pink Floyd and Andriy Khlyvnyuk.
What is the leisure offer? Elizabeth Culliford reports—“Meta Says It Is Considering Measures To Curb Russian Government Disinformation”:
“Coordinated in a kitchen-themed Facebook group.”
Facebook…has taken down hacking campaigns, influence networks, and scam operations amid war in Ukraine [says] the social media company, which also said it was reviewing additional steps. … In its first quarterly adversarial threat report, Meta said government-linked actors in Russia and Belarus had engaged in cyber espionage and covert online influence operations, including an influence operation linked to the Belarusian KGB.
He said there were other ongoing attempts by networks that he had previously disrupted, including additional efforts by threat actor Ghostwriter to hack into the Facebook accounts of dozens of Ukraine military members. [And that it] took down a network of around 200 Russian-operated accounts that coordinated to falsely report people, primarily in Ukraine and Russia, for offenses such as hate speech or bullying. The mass information was coordinated mainly in a Facebook group with the theme of cooking.
Expect. Did you say… ‘ghost writer’? Like in: Negative, Ghostwriter: is the pattern complete? Jon Brodkin spills coffee on his persimmon…Ukraine’s military accounts were hacked to post calls for surrender”:
“Ghostwriter continued its operations”
The name Ghostwriter was first used by the security firm Mandiant to describe an influence campaign that “promotes narratives critical of the… NATO presence in Eastern Europe.” Mandiant says the Ghostwriter campaign is run, at least in part, by “UNC1151, an alleged state-sponsored cyber-espionage actor…with high confidence…linked to the Belarusian government.”
In its February 27 update, Meta said it detected Ghostwriter’s “attempts to target people on Facebook to post YouTube videos portraying Ukrainian troops as weak and surrendering to Russia.” … But Ghostwriter continued its operations and hacked the accounts of Ukrainian military personnel: [The] The Q1 2022 Adverse Threat Report said it “has seen a further increase in compromise attempts targeting members of the Ukrainian military by Ghostwriter,” a hacking campaign that “generally targets individuals through compromise and then uses it to gain access to your social media accounts over the Internet.”
Big balls of fire! Now Naomi Nix nibbles on the news—“Facebook cracks down”:
Facebook…said it has been fighting efforts by Russian authorities to promote propaganda about the war, including false claims about Ukrainian military aggression in the region or blaming Western nations for complicity. … The company said it gave fact-checkers in the region more resources and launched a special operations center staffed with Russian and Ukrainian speakers to monitor war-related issues.
Russian diplomats and state-backed media have been flooding Twitter with misinformation about Bucha… where world leaders have accused Russia of committing war crimes. Between Sunday and Wednesday, Russian propagandists tweeted about Bucha at least 1,049 times.
horse mouth? Ben Nimmo, David Agranovich and Nathaniel Gleicher—“Adversary Threat Report”:
“Keep your online accounts safe”
Ghostwriter…posted videos calling on the Army to surrender as if these posts came from the rightful owners of the account. … We detect and interrupt repeat offenders [coordinated inauthentic behavior] activity linked to the Belarusian KGB that suddenly started publishing in Polish and English about Ukrainian troops surrendering without a fight and the nation’s leaders fleeing the country.
We removed a network of over 200 accounts operated from Russia… for violating our inauthentic behavior policy against mass reporting. The network coordinated to falsely inform people… in an attempt to remove them and their posts from Facebook. … The people behind this activity relied on fake, authentic and duplicate accounts to submit hundreds, in some cases thousands, of complaints against their targets through our abuse reporting tools.
We strongly recommend people from Ukraine and Russia to strengthen the security of their online accounts, including email and social networks. To help keep your online accounts secure: … Download a VPN app, … enable two-factor authentication [and] do not reuse your password.
It’s about time Facebook got serious about Russian trolls. It says so sweet marjoram:
I am happy that they are doing this now for Ukraine. But let us also remember what they did not do in the last two presidential elections.
What are these trolls trying to accomplish? eunion Explain:
Russian trolling is designed to be toxic, not persuasive. It is meant to undermine faith in humanity and in life. They target… people who have recently suffered some kind of setback in the hope that they can add to the damage to their families.
Tolkien based Mordor on Stalin’s Russia. Stalin is gone, but the cesspool remains.
But call to surrender? That doesn’t make sense, he thinks. five ghosts:
Nobody gives up in a war they are winning.
We’re getting off topic but it’s still topical, if you know what I mean—athero wants to believe:
“Incompetent and ineffective armed forces”
The terrifying Red Army that the world feared turned out to be one of the biggest lies in history. Poorly equipped, poorly trained, outgunned and outclassed in technology. … The braggart in Chechnya and Wagner’s thugs proved equally incapable.
If I were NATO, I would be looking very hard at whether Russia already has any real nuclear capabilities. … The fake next-gen weapons Putin was shown are as flashy as the goofy Lunar Centaur they were selling years ago. It’s not real, it never was, but say something to Putin that will put him in a bad mood and you’ll get a chemical warfare agent on his doorknob.
When your military command is selected based on how good it can be, you have an incompetent and ineffective army. …Russia routinely violated…massive troop movement 101, such as turning its back on an undefeated, angry, well-armed, well-trained force to confront an equally angry, well-armed, well-trained force that was behind you.
In the meantime, FairfaxVA100 suggest a solution:
I have a better idea: Redirect the Russians to Truth Social. They will never be heard or seen again.
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