Ukraine’s security service has blocked two more bot farms that spread destructive content in Ukraine

Cyber-specialists of the Security Service of Ukraine eliminated 2 more robot farms: in the Kyiv region and in Odessa. The “bot army” present in nearly 7,000 accounts has been used to spread destructive content, including to:

  • discredit the Ukrainian Defense Forces and state leaders;
  • justification of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation;
  • destabilization of the social and political situation of the country.

In the Kyiv region:

According to the investigation, the robot farm for 5,000 accounts was created and administered by a 24-year-old native of Zaporizhzhia region who currently lives in Kyiv region.

In the interests of the conspiracy, he registered fake accounts through Russian e-mail services and virtual numbers of Russian and Belarusian mobile operators. In some cases, he used false documents of Ukrainian citizens for their verification.

The attacker rented or sold “ready-made” bots to interested parties, accepting payment for his “services” by bank card.

It was established that his “clients” are, in particular, representatives of the PR departments of political parties and citizens of the Russian Federation, who promote destructive and provocative materials in the Ukrainian information space.

Law enforcement searched the residence address of the “bot network” administrator, where they found and seized:

  • computer equipment with proof of illegal activity;
  • special software.

Currently, the issue of suspicious transaction reporting to the organizer of the robot farm under Part 1 of Art. 361 (unauthorized interference in the work of information (automated), electronic communication, information-communication systems, electronic communication networks) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

In the Odessa region:

Four local residents organized the robot farm.

The main activity of criminals is the creation and promotion of accounts on social networks and messengers. “Businessmen” used them to sow panic in the region, in particular, they dispersed misinformation and fake news from the fronts.

As a result of operational actions and investigations, it was confirmed that their “customers” were people on the territory of the Russian Federation.

During searches carried out at the authors’ home, the police discovered and seized:

  • computer equipment, 4 servers, more than 250 USB modems and cell phones with proof of illegal activity;
  • Bank cards;
  • more than 400 SIM cards from mobile operators.

The seized material was sent for examination. The investigation is ongoing to find out all the circumstances and people involved in the illegal activity.

After conducting the examinations, the question of the declaration of suspects under two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine will be decided:

  • Part 1 of Art. 111-1 (collaborative activity);
  • Part 1 of Art. 361 (unauthorized interference with the operation of electronic computing machines (computers), automated systems, computer networks or telecommunications networks).

The detection of bot farms was carried out by SBU employees together with cyber experts and national police investigators under the procedural guidance of the Odessa and Kyiv regional prosecutors’ offices.

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