Research Outs Poorly Constructed Disinfo Campaign Aimed At Hong Kong Protests (Sep 26, 2019)
The research team from Graphika have detected a poorly conducted disinformation campaign aimed at Hong Kong protestors according to CyberScoop. The content and user accounts have been taken down by Facebook, and Twitter has taken down some of the accounts. The campaign called “Spamouflage Dragon” by Graphika appears to be acting in the interest of the Chinese Government. The badly planned campaign could be indicative of poorly invested resources and could show a lack of maturity although a ready interest in this type of activity.
Recommendation: Disinformation campaigns are difficult to tackle as they tend to deliberately play on already existing prejudices. The best way to combat this type of influence is to maintain critical thinking practices and encourage staff to discuss what is going on. Within your security teams, the impact of individual and team bias is likely already understood. Facilitating healthy discussion, biased thinking can come to the fore and be challenged. If your staff spot disinformation campaigns, this is now taken very seriously and the accounts can be reported to the social media platform.
Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) associated with this story can be viewed by ThreatStream users here to identify potential malicious activity.