idhealt.com — In a recent report, Facebook’s parent company, Meta, said it had removed a series of fake accounts from a Russian hacker group.
A recent Meta report on August 4 said that Troll Farm (an organization made up of people who intentionally make offensive or inciting online posts to cause conflict or manipulate public opinion) already has multiple accounts on Facebook and Instagram.
Currently, Meta has removed 1,037 Instagram accounts and 45 Facebook accounts from the network’s group. Meta believes that the fake account is linked to the notorious Russian group “Cyber Front Z” that influenced the 2016 US presidential election.
Previously, lawmakers and advocacy groups criticized Meta for not acting fast enough to combat political disinformation.
However, Meta’s recent actions show that the company is continuously working to combat cybersecurity threats on its platform. Meta also shares how to tackle hackers and other threats in its 36-page quarterly report.
Ben Nimmo, leader of Meta’s global threat intelligence team, said detection and deletion of accounts associated with Troll Farm was faster than ever before, reducing the number of forged accounts in weeks, not years. According to reports, the company started taking action against fake accounts in March.
The troll farm uses the messaging app Telegram to coordinate its efforts and targets other platforms including TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
“We found no evidence that Troll Farm was successful in promoting misinformation, but we will continue our efforts to prevent it,” added Ben Nimmo.
Previously, Meta also took action against two hacker groups from South Asia. One of them is Bitter APT which is targeted at users in New Zealand, India, Pakistan and UK.
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