Spanish government says Russian hackers meddling in Catalonia crisis

Spanish government says Russian hackers meddling in Catalonia crisis
On 3 Oct 2017, hundreds of thousands of Catalans protest the Spanish crackdown during their independence vote, (Image: Screen grab of Sky News video)

[Ed. – We seem to have some dumb Russians out there.  Wouldn’t they cover their traces better, now that everyone is looking for them?  No question Putin is a bad guy, but there’s a whiff of something too pat about all this.]

Speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting on Friday, government spokesperson Íñigo Méndez de Vigo and Defense Minister María Dolores de Cospedal confirmed that Russian and Venezuelan hackers have been interfering in the ongoing crisis in Catalonia, and announced that they would be dealing with the issue at the next European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which will take place this Monday. …

“The government has corroborated the fact that many messages and operations that were seen via social networks come from Russian territory,” Defense Minister María Dolores de Cospedal continued. “And I use the correct expression: from Russian territory. That’s not to say necessarily that we have determined that it is the Russian government. As such, we must act with extreme caution. We have to be clear on the origins. They are partly from Russian territory, partly from elsewhere, also outside the EU. We are determining this at the current time.”

Hackers from Russia and Venezuela have been publishing fake or distorted news stories related to Catalonia and to Spain.

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