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China-linked fake news site shows disinformation on the rise

A Beijing-backed PR firm has been accused of being behind at least 72 fake-news websites and social media accounts pushing pro-China propaganda and criticizing the US and its allies. 

This, according to security researchers at Mandiant, comes as US House speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan amid a barrage of cyberattacks and faux articles posted August 1 insisting she should "stay away" from the island nation.

But the misinformation campaign began well before Pelosi's trip. Other scam articles from late June pushed anti-America storylines in the wake of the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. In one of these, posted on June 30, the threat intel team observed an English-language article – purportedly written by an American woman living outside the US – who claimed that pro-choice protesters had been attacked by US law enforcement.

These are two examples from an ongoing information operations (IO) campaign Mandiant said ...

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