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Facebook Finds More Ukraine-Themed Hacking, Disinformation

  • Known group from Belarus tried posing as Ukrainian soldiers
  • Accounts said NATO, not Russia, spread violence in Ukraine

Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook blocked efforts by Russian and Belarus-aligned groups to conduct cyber-espionage and launch a disinformation campaign focused on the war in Ukraine, the company said Thursday. 

Suspected Belarus-backed hackers attempted to compromise Facebook accounts belonging to dozens of Ukrainian military personnel and tried posting videos urging Ukraine’s army to surrender to Russian forces, Facebook said. The campaign, carried out by a documented disinformation group known as Ghostwriter, was largely blocked, according to the company.