That Russian Facebook spying

Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.

About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier as he sought to defeat far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and other opponents in the two-round election, the sources said. Macron won in a landslide in May.

Facebook said in April it had taken action against fake accounts that were spreading misinformation about the French election. But the effort to infiltrate the social networks of Macron officials has not previously been reported.

Hands up everyone who thinks that all other spy agencies around the world are doing exactly the same thing?

All of you? What a well informed and practical community we are then.

24 comments on “That Russian Facebook spying

  1. Seriously, confidential election business is being done on Facebook?

    That’s not even defined as hacking!

  2. Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas

    So they connect with Macron on Facebook and read what he’s saying? Hardly cloak-and-dagger stuff, is it?

  3. The only reason I might doubt the spies were doing it is that it’s such a feeble spying attempt that surely no-one would fall for it.

    But they are targeting politicians …

  4. Facebook?

    How desperate are the media when they define infiltration on social media as surveillance. Presumably, a few honeys working for Putin bump into some Macron blokes at a party and then try and connect on Facebook.

    It’s hardly Bond. Although, it might be better than where that series is going.

  5. I’m going to make a wild guess that the Russian embassy is spying on us by buying the Time.

  6. Putin: Macron? Who he?
    Minion: Nietski. I’ll just go and find out [sends friend request]

  7. Much more comfortable than standing on the Glienicke Bridge on a rainy morning with the collar of your raincoat turned up, so that’s progress of a kind.

  8. I seem to remember that the USA under Saint Obama was tapping Angela Merkel’s actual phone calls. But thats different somehow, under the Left’s ‘Its alright if people we like do it’ rule.

  9. “Eh, minister, the good news is that your likes are up by 100%. The bad news is that 50% are bots and the other 50% are intelligence agencies.”

  10. What tired stale old shite this Russia cockrot is.

    Looking at Facebook ? Not exactly SMERSH on the job is it. Not exactly Agent XXX trying to kill James Bond on the ski slopes.

    It is shame Brian Rix is dead. What a wonderful farce the entire Demokrat /Russia caper could have been fashioned into.

  11. Seems one of the Cold War perks is disappearing – the honeypot traps set by beautiful women

  12. BraveF: one of the Cold War perks is disappearing

    At the Leipzig Trade Fairs, they used to bus in professional girls from Poland to engage with western businessmen. Very poor idea to get perky with one of them.

  13. Seems one of the Cold War perks is disappearing – the honeypot traps set by beautiful women

    I’m sure they could have found a babushka somewhere to pique Macron’s interest.

  14. John²

    Being single and discreet were inadequate defences against the Stasi, alas.

  15. I often point out to my family and others that ‘the Dutch are always spying on us’.

    Some try to ridicule me ( particularly my seven year olds ) , but I point out that there is surely someone in the employ of the Dutch govt who reads our papers to see what we are up to, and that’s spying. Indeed, if they do it out of the embassy here (rather than in Dutchland) then they are foreign spies in a foreign country.

    People rarely get my point, or even if they do, fail to take is seriously.

    But it is true, the Dutch are always spying on us, we must be vigilant.

  16. The Krauts got on their high horse (which is very high indeed) when it was revealed that GCHQ/NSA were (or, at least, had the capability of) listening to Merkel’s phone calls. It makes one wonder what those nice folks in the Bundesnachrichtendienst do all day long.

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