Talos Threat Source newsletter (March 10, 2022) — Fake social media posts spread in wake of Ukraine invasion

By Jon Munshaw. 

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter — complete with a new format and feel.  

First off, it goes without saying, but we’re all heartbroken by the crisis happening in Ukraine. Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine, our employees and their families, as well as everyone affected. 

There’s been a lot of talk around disinformation and fake news in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine. As we’ve written about many times before, this can take many forms — fake news articles, deepfake videos, misleading social media posts, etc. But another form of disinformation I’ve seen over the past few weeks is social media sharing from the average person. 

This isn’t some giant troll farm somewhere backed by millions of dollars — it’s regular users just sharing what they think is interesting without checking the origins of the post. There are a host of examples from Twitter and Instagram this week, including viral photos of alleged Ukrainian “Army Cats” who are trained to spot sniper lasers, a piece of art that people thought was the latest “Time” magazine cover and miscaptioned videos claiming to show Ukrainian and Russian soldiers dancing together.

The lesson here is that

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