back to article Russia (still) trying to weaponize Facebook for spying, Ukraine-war disinfo

Facebook is fighting a surge in cyber-espionage attempts and misinformation campaigns related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to a new report by parent group Meta. Since the start of the war, Meta security teams have been busy disrupting threats and taking down fake news and accounts on its social media platforms …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just shut Faecebook down

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      "I have a total irreverence for anything connected with Facebook except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer." - Brendan Behan (updated)

  2. FuzzyTheBear

    Pull the plug , Scotty.

    Why the heck does Russia and Belarus still have a connection to the internet ? Is there a shortage of firemen axes to chop cables and c-4 to blow their installations up ? The more isolated they are and off the grid the better it is. Just pull the plug , Scotty.

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: Pull the plug , Scotty.

      How do you plan to disconnect Russia from China? Even if you cut everything else off, they'll still be able to access that way.

    2. Halfmad

      Re: Pull the plug , Scotty.

      Not the brightest spark are we?

      Even if we could disconnect them entirely, what about civilian reporters, journalists etc who are providing the truth of what's going on - do we really want to cut them off too? That's what would happen, the veil would fall and what little scrutiny and independent evidence gathering and exfiltration would stop.

    3. Dr Paul Taylor

      Re: Pull the plug , Scotty.

      In previous wars it was necessary to dig tunnels into the enemy territory or fly over dropping (bombs and) leaflets. Both of these were highly dangerous operations.

      For the first time in history we have a dense pre-installed network of cables (etc), through which the message could be delivered to the Russian people, about what is being done in their name to their Slav brothers and sisters and why the outside world its wrecking their economy.

      All we need to do is to hijack some of the HTTP/port 80 outgoing connections from Russia. Maybe some clever Ukrainian geeks are already doing this.

      Why do you want to do something so stupid as to destroy this system?

  3. Denarius

    perhaps FB usage is due to a shortage of JCBs ?

  4. Winkypop Silver badge

    Facebook used for misinformation?!


  5. cantankerous swineherd

    the Kremlin need to hire Cambridge analytica

    1. Jedit Silver badge

      "the Kremlin need to hire Cambridge analytica"


  6. veti Silver badge

    The dodgiest thing about this whole dodgy story is how, as far as Facebook is concerned, the only true crime, the only thing that triggers punishment, is "inauthentic behaviour".

    It's like livestreaming atrocities is... fine, so long as you really mean it.

    I'm pretty sure people are paid to post bollocks on Facebook all day and every day, in a million different contexts. And 99.99% of the time, Facebook is fine with that. But when a story gets a high enough media profile, they spring into action.

  7. trindflo Bronze badge

    Never punish a child for doing the right thing

    Time will tell if the enemy of my enemy is only the enemy of my enemy, but today facebook is doing the right thing. I will hope.

    1. Jedit Silver badge
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      "today facebook is doing the right thing"

      Today Facebook showed me adverts for multiple crypto scammers, pump and dump boiler rooms, snake oil salesmen and degree selling factories - all of whom I had previously instructed them to block. And that was 100% of the adverts they showed me.

      Facebook never do the right thing if you are willing to pay them to do the wrong thing.

  8. FlamingDeath Silver badge

    Imagine for a moment

    That we experienced first contact with an alien species from another world, indeed another solar system

    How would we fare in understanding eachother? (taking into consideration our inability to communicate generally with eachother)

    The next question is, why are space geeks even trying to find intelligent life elsewhere, clearly it is here on Earth, but its probably not us. I'm going to hedge my bets on the fungi kingdom, we're going to get outsmarted by mushrooms, and not witness the end of the universe. I'm kinda jealous, I want to be a shroom now

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Imagine for a moment

      "How would we fare in understanding eachother? (taking into consideration our inability to communicate generally with eachother)"

      Luckily for us, various governments will create a committee of experts to deal with the issue and it won't be some random collection of Facebookerati :-)

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