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Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections


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The Palace of Westminster, where the U.K.'s governing House of Commons and House of Lords meet.

A campaign on Reddit and Twitter to disseminate leaked trade documents ahead of the upcoming elections in the U.K. was discovered by cyber-intelligence firm Graphika.

Credit: Alastair Grant/AP

Graphika, a cyber-intelligence firm, discovered a campaign on Reddit and Twitter to disseminate leaked trade documents ahead of the upcoming elections in the U.K.

The campaign is similar to a Russian-linked disinformation effort identified earlier this year.

The online effort mostly targets British politicians, celebrities, and journalists with a portfolio of documents appearing to detail key U.S.-U.K. trade negotiations.

Ben Nimmo of Graphika said it was not clear whether those behind the campaign were Russian, or just trying to imitate previous Russian information campaigns.

Ultimately, said Nimmo, "Influencers, politicians, journalists need to be aware of the fact that they are going to be personally targeted by information operations."

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