Google Threat Analysis Group specialists reported on the work done in the second quarter of 2020. The researchers talked about how they stop government hacker attacks and disinformation campaigns, some of which have been identified by experts from third-party companies (such as Graphika and FireEye).
The researchers write that they thwarted a number of foreign influence operations, which were backed by China, Russia, Iran and Tunisia. As a result, over 2,500 YouTube channels, multiple Adsense, Play Developer, and advertising accounts were blocked.
For example, 2,596 blocked channels were allegedly linked to disinformation campaigns backed by China, another 86 YouTube channels were allegedly coordinated from Russia and 19 channels were allegedly used by Iran for various influence operations.
It is reported that between April and June this year, Google managed to end ten coordinated foreign operations, some of which also affected Facebook and Twitter.
For example, analysts write that the Chinese intelligence services have mainly concentrated on downloading spam and non-political content, with very little interspersed with political content in Chinese. Graphika specialists track these transactions like a campaign called Spamouflage dragon…
Russian operations, according to Google TAG, were built around the distribution of content, mainly about domestic Russian and international politics. Campaigns for posting comments under various Russian-language videos were also seen.