What happened now? Ukrainian police have shut down another major Russian-run bot farm in the country that was used to spread propaganda and fake news about the war on social media. This is not the first such farm closed by the Ukrainian cyber police (SBU), but it is considered one of the largest.

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SBU writes that the purpose of the farm was to discredit the leadership of Ukraine and destabilize the socio-political situation in the country. The group that created it, which has now been liquidated by the SBU, spread disinformation on the Internet, part of which concerned the activities of the country’s top military-political leadership.

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The farm, which operated covertly in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Vinnytsia, hosted over a million bot accounts and several social media groups with an audience of almost 400,000 people.

The SBU also found at least 5,000 SIM cards used to create and maintain fake social media accounts and 200 proxy servers to spoof IP addresses and prevent websites from blocking them. Special software has been developed so that farm operators can automatically manage accounts on the most popular social networks.

The agency claims that the Russian intelligence services also used the farm to spread misinformation about what was happening at the front and conduct “information and sabotage operations,” including statements about conflicts between President Vladimir Zelensky and his top generals and a campaign to discredit the first lady.

The leader of the group behind the farm is a Russian citizen who lives in Kyiv and positions himself as a “political scientist,” writes the SBU.

“The enemy is trying to use every opportunity to incite internal discord or manipulate public opinion. Unfortunately, consciously or unconsciously, some Ukrainian political forces play along with the enemy and put their own ambitions above state interests,” said Vasily Malyuk, acting head of the SBU, adding that the people Ukraine should not fall under the influence of pro-Russian manipulators.

Back in Maha, SBU announced that since Russia invaded the country, it has identified and shut down five bot farms operating 100,000 social media accounts spreading fake news about the invasion. He also neutralized more than 1200 cyber incidents and cyber attacks on government and strategic critical infrastructure.

The cyber police added that, at the request of the SBU, more than 500 pro-Russian YouTube channels with an audience of more than 15 million subscribers, more than 1,500 Telegram channels and bots, as well as more than 1,500 accounts on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok were blocked. sent for blocking.