The Canadian Electronic Spy Agency warns that Russian state-backed actors are sowing disinformation online around the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
While the news may come as no surprise to those familiar with Russian information warfare tactics, the public release of an assessment based on the collection of classified intelligence is an unusual step for the Communications Security Establishment.
“Since Russia’s brazen and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, we have observed numerous Russian-backed online disinformation campaigns designed to support their actions,” the agency wrote in a series of tweets Friday morning.
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The CSE clarified the alleged disinformation scenarios: that Ukrainian authorities were harvesting organs from fallen soldiers and civilians, and that Russian troops were only attacking military targets as part of their “special operation” on the Ukrainian soil.
The agency also identified “Russia’s efforts to promote stories that falsely categorize Russian protesters and citizens opposed to the invasion as supporting neo-Nazis and genocide.”
CSE said it is sharing the intelligence to help Canadians protect themselves from Russian disinformation, which is being spread on social media and with the help of pseudo-journalists and less reputable websites.
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