Russian intelligence services use fake accounts on the social network Facebook to spy on colleagues of the President of France Emmanuel Makron during the election campaign, said on Thursday, July 27, the news Agency Reuters, citing a member of the U.S. Congress and other informed sources.
Russian agents have created about two dozen blogs under assumed names to monitor the activities of the entourage of the Macron in social networks.
Representatives of the company Facebook confirmed to CBS News that deliberate attempts to find individuals capable of influencing the campaign. The number of fake accounts, these people refused to name, having informed only that the actions initiated in December last year, was stopped in a timely manner.
This operation was to create accounts on behalf of friends and employees of Makron and use them to collect personal information and install in their computers of malware, Reuters reports.
The article says that this technique, unlike the banal spam is another form of «cyber-weapons» in the service of the Kremlin.
We will remind that earlier the macron accused the Russian publication Sputnik and Russia Today in the dissemination of deliberately false information after his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, held in may this year.
In April, Facebook admitted that fake accounts used to spread misinformation before the elections. The company has announced that have removed the blogs 30 000 French users. Reuters reported that the number of fake accounts spreading spam or engaged in the promotion, has reached 70. 000, Facebook, these figures are not contested.