Meta cracks down on cyber espionage operations in South Asia involving Facebook

In its second quarter contradictory threats report, Meta disclosed that it took action against two cyber espionage operations in South Asia targeting Facebook.

Speak reportthe operations, linked to Bitter APT and APT36, aimed to distribute malware under the guise of Facebook.

“We have taken action against two cyber espionage operations in South Asia. One was linked to a group of hackers known in the security industry as Bitter APT, and the other – APT36 – to state-linked actors in Pakistan,” reads the report.

Meta also said he dismantled a brigade network in India, a mass reporting network in Indonesia, and coordinated violation networks in Greece, India and South Africa.

Additionally, the company shared its research into threats in a failed attempt by a troll farm in St. Petersburg, Russia to create the impression of popular support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube, among other platforms using fake accounts. The cyber entity “CyberFront Z” and individuals associated with Internet Research Agency (IRA) related activities have been identified in this new threat activity.

In addition, Meta also removed two separate troll farms – one in Malaysia aimed at a domestic audience and one in Russia targeting global debate over the war in Ukraine, in addition to a network associated with a PR firm in Israel. .

“As part of our inauthentic behavior policy against artificially inflated distribution, we have removed tens of thousands of accounts, pages and groups worldwide,” added Ben Nimmo, Global Head of Threat Intelligence and David Agranovich, Director, Threat Disruption at Meta.

“Our manual investigations around the Philippine elections have allowed us to create automated enforcement systems to defend against this type of activity on a global and large scale.”

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