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Pro-China Agents Posed as Activists to Protest US, Canada Mines

  • Disinformation campaign targeted rare earth mining there
  • US investing in rare earth mineral mining to wean off China

Pro-Chinese agents posed as concerned local residents on social media to try and spark protests over the opening of rare earth mines in the US and Canada, cybersecurity researchers said in a new report.

The fake Twitter and Facebook accounts were created to give China, the largest producer of rare earth minerals, a competitive advantage, cybersecurity research company Mandiant disclosed on Tuesday.