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Facebook: “Coordinated Hacking” Points to Iran, Russia

Facebook has scrubbed 652 pages, groups, and accounts on its social media platform as well as Instagram “for coordinated inauthentic behavior” tacking back to Iran and Russia. Although Facebook says it didn’t find a link between the two countries, they “used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.” In addition to front accounts for Iranian state media seeking to sew political misinformation, traditional cybersecurity attacks, such as hacking and malware, were also part of the efforts. It’s more evidence that influence of American elections was perpetrated independently, with no regard to any candidate or campaign.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Facebook announced today that it removed 652 pages, groups and accounts on the social media site and on Instagram “for coordinated inauthentic behavior” traced back to Iran and Russia.

The company said there wasn’t a link found between the two countries’ campaigns, but they “used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.”

Cybersecurity firm FireEye tipped off Facebook last month about pages for “Liberty Front Press,” which consisted of front accounts for Iranian state media, and amassed some 155,000 followers and spending $6,000 in ads. Sample posts included pro-Brexit content and a meme of Michelle Obama holding a sign that said “an immigrant took my job.”

This was linked to another set of pages and accounts that “engaged in traditional cybersecurity attacks, including attempts to hack people’s accounts and spread malware.”

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