Russians have been caught allegedly making fake adverts claiming to sell “pure-blooded Ukrainians” on the black market, accoding to disinformation specialists.
The shocking claim comes from the Centre for Countering Disinformation (CCD), whose new report shows the alleged extent of bizarre and sick Russian tactics online.
Adverts from social media claim to be selling the body parts for around £4,500, with a “50% discount” possible depending on what is being sought by the buyer.
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And it has also emerged that the adverts have been around since at least 2014 and were targeted at Ukrainians.
A spokesman for the CCD said: “From the first days of the (war), Russia began to produce fakes about back (market) transplants.
“Yes, these fakes were usually created at the same time as the high profile events that were taking place.
“The purpose of such a narrative was to intimidate people and create and make and image of Ukraine as a state that does not value the civilian population and military personnel, and is always looking for opportunities to make money from them.
“Russia tried to increase the resonance of fakes by using manipulative photos and video materials of a shocking nature.”
Russia has not commented on the report from the CCD regarding the fake adverts.
It is not the first time Russia has targeted its enemies via cyberwarfare after Gloucester City Council was attacked by hackers after an innocent-looking email turned out to be something much more sinister.
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On December 20, 2021, having expected to receive a message from a supplier, the workers were fooled as the email contained a "dangerous payload" which slithered past their defence systems and infected the network.
The "very sophisticated" cyber attack, thought to have been executed by a now-disbanded group of Russian cybercriminals, had a significant impact on council services in the city.
To everyone's dismay malware infested the computer system, allowing the Russians to spend a month “skulking around” the council’s IT systems before pulling the trigger on their attack in December last year.
In a bid to ensure they were protected from things like this, the council paid millions to fend off invaders. Alas, it wasn't enough to deter this group of crafty hackers. Subsequently, they're now having to pay a fortune to ensure this doesn't happen again.
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