Google has published today the second edition of its TAG Bulletin, a report that details all the coordinated influence operation campaigns that have been discovered taking place on Google-owned platform.
The report was authored by the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG), a division inside Google's security department that tracks nation-state and high-end cybercrime groups, and was compiled based on Google's own investigations, but also tips and reports received from third-parties, such as social media analysis firm Graphika, cyber-security firm FireEye, the Atlantic Council investigation unit, and other social networks.
The latest TAG Bulletin covers influence ops takedowns that have taken place in the second quarter of this year, between April and June 2020.
Per Google, this quarter, the company had shut down multiple influence operation campaigns ran out of Russia, China, Iran, and Tunisia.
In total, Google said it tracked ten influence operations in Q2 2020, with some also taking place and being exposed by Twitter and Facebook as well. A summary of all is below.
16 YouTube channels, 1 advertising account and 1 AdSense account
Linked to the Iranian state-sponsored International Union of Virtual Media (IUVM) network
Network posted content in Arabic related to the US' response to COVID-19 and US' relationship with Iran.
15 YouTube channels and 3 blogs
Linked to Russia
Posted content in English and Russian about the EU, Lithuania, Ukraine, and the US