Foreing powers are using COVID to harm European countries and industries

Feb 16, 2021 by Thibault Debatty | 1639 views

News SOCMINT Fake News

In a report published last year, the Belgian State Security (VSSE) indicates that foreign powers, including Russia, are using Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT) to spread fake news about the COVID-19 crisis.

The goal of these campaigns is twofold:

  1. to sow discord and distrust in European countries;
  2. to facilitate strategic takeovers of high-tech companies that are struggling due to the crisis.

According to the report, extremist groups (both left and right) are currently also using SOCMINT and fake news related to COVID-19 to pursue their objectives.

Download the report [PDF]


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