Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has taken down a “coordinated influence operation” connected to Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine.
On February 28, TAG member Shane Huntley published a bulletin sharing some of the unit’s latest efforts to tackle the spread of misinformation, including the removal of a coordinated campaign involving these countries – a topical issue considering the current Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The influence operation was terminated in January, prior to the start of the conflict, but at a time when tensions between Russia and Ukraine was rising due to the presence of Russian troops at Ukraine’s border.
According to Google TAG, four YouTube channels, two AdSense accounts – used to generate revenue by displaying advertisements – and one Blogger blog were wiped out in connection to this network. In addition, six domains were added to a denylist to stop them appearing on Google News surfaces and Discover.
Google says that the campaign “was sharing content in English that was about a variety of topics including US and European current events,” and while the tech giant did not reveal further details, did say that the network was “financially motivated.”
Google TAG also tackled a relatively large “influence