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Social Media Giants Teamed-Up against Misleading Accounts

Reports of Russian and Iran hackers have recently surfaced after Microsoft announced that some hackers “tried to steal data from political institutions.”

Following this event, social media giants Twitter and Facebook removed accounts that are connected to Fancy Bear– a hacking group that is said to have been the one behind the attacks.

According to Facebook’s CEO and Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, their team had identified suspicious accounts that are linked to Russian and Iran campaign- containing topics that are related to politics in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Furthermore, the team had detected misleading statements that added fuel to the fire. It was detected somewhere in Russia but was proved to have no connection with the Iranian campaign. The company stated that they are not going to condone such action on their platform.

Along with Facebook, another social media giant had joined the parade.

“Twitter has suspended 284 accounts that are linked with Iran,” as stated in a report by BBC. According to the company’s findings, the attacks are successfully done with accounts “involved in coordinated manipulation.”

The following activities were detected immediately with the help of FireEye, a cybersecurity firm. Facebook and Twitter had also informed the UK and US government about the concurrent event.


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