Russian agents sent 5,000 text messages in a failed attempt to incite Ukrainians to attack their own capital

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A Ukrainian serviceman uses his mobile phone to text as he sits at his post on the outskirts of Donetsk in 2014.Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images

  • A Russian robot farm has sent 5,000 messages to Ukrainian military and law enforcement agencies, urging them to surrender.

  • Ukraine’s security service claimed the robot farm was aimed at “shaking the moral and psychological state of Ukraine’s security forces”.

  • Russia is one of the most sophisticated cyber-aggressors in the world.

Ukrainian intelligence has accused Russian agents of creating a robot farm that sent 5,000 text messages to Ukrainian military and law enforcement encouraging them to defect and surrender to the Russians.

On Thursday, the Ukrainian Armed Forces advertised on facebook that the Ukrainian Security Service had succeeded in shutting down the Russian robot farm, or “special information operation”, which was intended to “shake the moral and psychological state of the Ukrainian security forces”.

A message from Russian robots that reads: "“Soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, launch an offensive on Kyiv - before Kyiv destroys you!”

A message from Russian robots that reads: “‘Soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, launch an offensive on Kyiv – before Kyiv destroys you!”Ukrainian Armed Forces

According to the Ukrainian Armed Forces Facebook post, the message read: “The outcome of events is predetermined! Be careful and refuse to support nationalism and the discredited leaders of the country who have already fled the capital!!!

The operation, quickly neutralized by the SSU, was carried out remotely by the Russians, with equipment located in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

Russia is one of the countries in the world the most sophisticated cyber attackers.

As the country strikes Ukraine with its artillery and ground forces, there are fears that it will also use cyber warfare to cripple Ukraine’s infrastructure. In the hours leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Microsoft detected new malware which was designed to erase Ukrainian government and bank data. However, the company was able to block the code within hours, The New York Times reported.

Translations by Oleksandr Vynogradov.

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