It’s hard to tell who’s benefitting most from the coronavirus – Russia, hackers or hand sanitizer vendors, the latter of whom are at least trying to help stop the spread of the dangerous disease.
A State Department official told Congress Thursday that Russian operatives are behind coronavirus conspiracy theories popping up on social media while the new illness has prompted phishing campaigns and other cybersecurity hijinks.
The coordinator for the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, Lea Gabrielle, said the “entire ecosystem of Russian disinformation is at play,” after an analysis of millions of tweets showed that known conspiracy theories about coronavirus “amounted to about seven percent of the Twitter conversation” between January 10 to February 20.
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