98 Iranian Fake News Sites
By Micah Halpern
Sunday December 2, 2108
I've Been Thinking:
A cyber investigative report was just issued by ClearSky, a cybertech security firm in Tel Aviv.
The results should not surprise you.
The details are very telling.
Iran is operating fake news sites around the world and funneling news and information through those sites to influence opinion. Many of the sites have names that include the words "Times", "Journal" and "News".
They were easy to discover because the registration information and contact information on many of the sites were Iranian. The obvious targets of the Iranian ploy were the Middle East and Asia. But they also have sites that target the US and Europe. They even have a site in Hebrew targeting Israelis. The Israeli site is called the Tel Aviv Times.
The sites often rewrite real news and portray Iran positively. They also include cultural and other sections with less propaganda and spin.
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