Russians Pose as Americans to Steal Data on Social Media

Russians Pose as Americans to Steal Data on Social Media


Americans have been targeted on social media by Russian agents on a mission to harvest personal information. The agents pretended to work for organizations promoting African-American businesses as a ruse to obtain personal information from black business owners during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Using names like “BlackMattersUS” and “Black4Black,” the agents set up hundreds of social media accounts. Facebook’s recently introduced tool for identifying Russian propaganda doesn’t address Kremlin agents masquerading as Americans.

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