SBU stops operation of russian bot farm involving 12,000 SIM cards to spin fake news

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Security Service of Ukraine liquidates a powerful bot farm supervised from russia in Ivano-Frankivsk region.

The farm was set up by a local resident, an expert in information and telecommunication technologies. Since year-start alone, he has used almost 12,000 SIM cards of Ukrainian and russian mobile operators to register fake accounts. The bot farm operated across several social networks, messengers, and e-wallets.

The administrator received its orders from russia to affect public opinion through massive distortions of reality. Basically, this was done by artificially increasing the number of views, likes, comments on social networks and video hosting services. The perpetrator was receiving payments in russian rubles, operatives say.

During a raid in the bot farm administrator’s home, law enforcers found and confiscated SIM gateways, computer software, specialized telecommunication equipment, and almost three thousand SIM cards.

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