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SBU blocks activity of a powerful “botfarm”, providing services for Russia and militants

SBU terminated activities of the group of persons, which organized mass registration and further promotion of fake accounts in any Internet services.

Operatives of the special service found that offenders actively provided services to the Russian side and the persons involved in the activity of the so-called "DNR". Accounts then used by customers to establish and maintain undercover contacts with Ukrainian nationals, to conduct illicit financial transactions, to send through postal operators of goods, withdrawn from legitimate circulation.

“Botfarm" was also used by the organizers for the mass distribution of destructive publications in social networks and messengers, mailing of false reports of "mining" and other actions aimed at destabilization of the social situation in Ukraine.

In Kyiv, the law-enforcement officers seized special technical equipment for the creation and support of “botfarm." It administrated SIM-cards, virtual mobile phones, sending of SMS messages, etc. Also SIM-cards of foreign mobile operators, which in most countries can be purchased only with a passport or under the supervision of the FSB, were used in the operation of the complex. Within the criminal proceedings the searches were conducted at the location of special technical equipment, during which indisputable evidence of involvement of specific individuals to illegal activities were received.

The investigation is under way. The operation was conducted in due course of fulfilment tasks on SBU counter-intelligence protection of state interests in the sphere of informational security. 


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