Ukraine Authorities Take Down Bot Farm Spreading Russian Misinformation


July 20, 2023

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Ukraine Authorities Take Down Bot Farm Spreading Russian Misinformation

In an extensive effort to tackle cybercrime and disinformation, Ukrainian authorities have successfully dismantled an elaborate bot farm believed to be a major hub for Russian infowar propaganda.

As per the latest reports, the bot farm was a prime resource for fraudulent activities and was utilized for leaking personal information of Ukrainian citizens.

The bot farm, alleged to have over 100 operators, spanned several cities, including Lviv, Vinnytsia, and Zaporizhzhia, implicating individuals within these regions.

Ukrainian cyber and national police have, thus far, executed 21 searches across these locations. From the operations, the authorities have seized mobile phones, an array of computer equipment, approximately 150,000 SIM cards, and more than 250 SIM gateways.

"The cyber police established that the attackers used special equipment and software to register thousands of bot accounts in various social networks and subsequently launch advertisements that violated the norms and legislation of Ukraine," a Ukrainian Cyberpolice news alert explained.

The charges pursued by law enforcement officials include the unauthorized sale of computer information, destruction or damage to property, interference with electronic communications, and the knowing dissemination of false safety threat information.

This operation follows the invasive Russian actions in Ukraine since February 2022. The Ukrainian authorities have, since then, unearthed multiple bot farms being used to disseminate misinformation and propaganda via digital channels.

This activity is neither a new nor unexpected tactic from Russian operatives. Last year, Ukraine's cyberpolice shut down a massive bot farm housing a staggering one million bots.

This farm was used to spread misinformation to destabilize the country and create discord within its society. The operators of this enormous bot farm manipulated an audience of approximately 400,000 users on social media platforms.

Besides disseminating false information about military operations, the bots were also used to spread fabricated internal conflicts, including one between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's office and the Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ukraine continues to bolster its defense against these invasive cyber activities, working to preserve the security and integrity of the nation's digital spaces in the face of persistent challenges.




Vlad's love for technology and writing created rich soil for his interest in cybersecurity to sprout into a full-on passion. Before becoming a Security Analyst, he covered tech and security topics.

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