Mikhail Brodsky, an Ukrainian businessman, hired Arabian hackers to promote his Facebook
Hackers from Arabian countries intervened in Ukrainian social and political space. They were hired by Ukrainian businessman and politician Mikhail Brodsky to promote his agenda using social networks. There are expectations that it can skew the public opinion on the eve of the presidential elections.
Hackers were spotted as an unusual activity to promote a specific Facebook post made by Mikhail Brodsky was spotted. In this post he defends himself of allegations in involving in corrupt National Committee (NOC) of Ukraine practices.
The post was reaction to media reports that Brodsky was disgracefully expelled from NOC on the ground of allegations in theft and corruption. Ukrainian media, including well-known Korrespondent, Izvestia and Golos were among the accusers. Brodsky dismissed the allegations as ‘fake’. However Ukrainian businessman and politician had not dismissed the fact that he will leave the executive committee of NOC.
“I will certainly leave the executive committee of NOC. It is truly a swamp” – wrote Brodsky. It fueled the discussion about his personal role in sporting organization.
Soon after it was published the post gained 1500 likes. Netizens discover that most of the ‘likes’ came from the users with Arabian names though. In fact they account for 90 percent of the total number. International bots hired by Brodsky try to sway the public opinion in Ukraine. Here are some examples of their activity to promote the Brosdky post:
Brodsky may use Arabian hacker network to further intrude in social and political life of Ukraine, Internet experts remark. It is unknown if the Arab troll network is connected to international hacking group xDedic. Brodsky may be an accomplice of xDedic, as reported by American media.
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