Group-IB starts investigation into spread of fake news about coronavirus outbreak in Moscow

Today, experts at Group-IB revealed and analyzed the spread of fake news about a coronavirus outbreak in Moscow that is purportedly being silenced. Using Group-IB’s Graph Network Analysis, Group-IB has revealed the instances of fake news spread in the form of a voice message. The fake message is being shared by bots on VK (a Russian social media platform) and is being circulated in various messaging apps. The fake news campaign is targeted at the most perceptive people: the rumors were distributed via group conversations in messengers, uniting the mothers of school and kindergarten students, as well as on internet forums for mothers and websites intended for the female audience. As of today, over 9,500 posts, reposts, and publications promoting this fake news have been registered. Group-IB experts have launched an investigation into the case to establish the perpetrators of this information attack.

These provocative actions are thought to seek to fuel panic among Moscow citizens. We strongly urge the general public to stay vigilant about unverified sources distributing such fake claims and follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization to prevent coronavirus infection.

Ilya Sachkov
Ilya Sachkov

CEO and founder at Group-IB

For more information:
Nika Komarova
Head of Corporate Communications
+7 910 472 24 06 | +7 495 984 3364 ext. 910
komarova@group-ib.com

Sergei Turner
Communications Manager
+7 985 993 6227
turner@group-ib.com

About Group-IB

Group-IB, with its headquarters in Singapore, is one of the leading providers of solutions dedicated to detecting and preventing cyberattacks, identifying online fraud, investigating high-tech crimes, and protecting intellectual property. The company’s Threat Intelligence and Research Centers are located in the Middle East (Dubai), the Asia-Pacific (Singapore), and Europe (Amsterdam).

Group-IB’s Unified Risk Platform is an ecosystem of solutions that understands each organization’s threat profile and tailors defenses against them in real-time from a single interface. The Unified Risk Platform provides complete coverage of the cyber response chain. Group-IB’s products and services consolidated in Group-IB’s Unified Risk Platform include Group-IB’s Threat IntelligenceManaged XDRDigital Risk ProtectionFraud ProtectionAttack Surface ManagementBusiness Email ProtectionAudit & ConsultingEducation & TrainingDigital Forensics & Incident ResponseManaged Detection & Response, and Cyber Investigations.

Group-IB’s technological leadership and R&D capabilities are built on the company’s 19 years of hands-on experience in cybercrime investigations worldwide and more than 70,000 hours of cybersecurity incident response accumulated in our leading DFIR Laboratory, High-Tech Crime Investigations Department, and round-the-clock CERT-GIB.

Group-IB is an active partner in global investigations led by international law enforcement organizations such as Europol and INTERPOL. Group-IB is also a member of the Europol European Cybercrime Centre’s (EC3) Advisory Group on Internet Security, which was created to foster closer cooperation between Europol and its leading non-law enforcement partners.

Group-IB’s experience in threat hunting and cyber intelligence has been fused into an ecosystem of highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions designed to monitor, identify, and prevent cyberattacks. Group-IB’s mission is to protect its clients in cyberspace every day by creating and leveraging innovative solutions and services.

Group-IB’s experience in threat hunting and cyber intelligence has been fused into an ecosystem of highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions designed to monitor, identify, and prevent cyberattacks. Group-IB’s mission is to fight high-tech crime while protecting our clients in cyberspace and helping them achieve their goals. To do so, we analyze cyber threats, develop our infrastructure to monitor them, respond to incidents, investigate complex high-tech crimes, and design unique technologies, solutions, and services to counteract adversaries.