Meta dismantles massive Russian network spoofing Western news sites

Meta says it took down an extensive network of Facebook and Instagram accounts pushing disinformation published on more than 60 websites that spoofed multiple legitimate news sites across Europe.

This influence network mainly targeted Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine, and the U.K., with original articles arguing that Western sanctions on Russia would backfire and criticizing Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees.

“The operation began in May of this year and centered around a sprawling network of over 60 websites carefully impersonating legitimate websites of news organizations in Europe,” said Meta’s Global Threat Intelligence Lead Ben Nimmo and Threat Disruption Director David Agranovich.

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Source: Bleeping Computer