Berto Jongman: “Tainted Leaks” — Advanced Information Operations (IO) from Russia with Love…

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Berto Jongman

Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus

This report describes an extensive Russia-linked phishing and disinformation campaign. It provides evidence of how documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of Russia was tampered with and then “leaked” to achieve specific propaganda aims. We name this technique “tainted leaks.” The report illustrates how the twin strategies of phishing and tainted leaks are sometimes used in combination to infiltrate civil society targets, and to seed mistrust and disinformation.