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Facebook issues warning about Russian 'hack-and-leak' operations ahead of the 2020 election

Added 09-24-20 09:14:02pm EST - “The company issued the warning after announcing it removed dozens of pages and hundreds of accounts linked to Russian state disinformation campaigns.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Facebook issues warning about Russian 'hack-and-leak' operations ahead of the 2020 election”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Be on the lookout for another Russian government hack-and-leak operation ahead of the US presidential election, Facebook warned this week after removing dozens of pages and hundreds of accounts linked to Kremlin disinformation campaigns.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, announced in a September 24, blog post that the social media company had uncovered state activity on its network that "originated in Russia and focused primarily on Syria and Ukraine," two countries where Moscow is currently at war. 

Other targets included US antifascists, or "Antifa," which one page — that Facebook said was maintained by associates of Russian intelligence — portrayed as a movement that believes the United States "was founded on white supremacy, and therefore needs to be destroyed."

The removal comes weeks after Facebook identified another cluster of Russian state influence operations, including one ostensible news organization, "Peace Data," that targeted US progressives and recruited left-of-center freelance writers with the promise of $200 a post, as Business Insider reported.

But Facebook's announcement came with a warning about a future influence campaign, akin to the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee and release of stolen emails through Wikileaks, that could be far more effective.

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