Russian FSB agents pose as foreign journalists to gather intelligence, Ukraine says
SBU calls to be vigilant and immediately report suspicious "requests" to law enforcement (Photo:SBU)
Russian special services collected intelligence about the impact of missile attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure by pretending to be foreign journalists, Ukraine’s SBU security service reported via Telegram on March 7.
SBU agents have identified numerous attempts by Russian security services to obtain intelligence posing as foreign media workers, using specialized Internet platforms and forums for reporters working in Ukraine.
They reportedly used to place information requests claiming they gather information to write "stories" or make "documentaries" about the Russian war against Ukraine, on behalf of international media outlets.
According to the SBU, Moscow was looking to verify the accuracy and impact of its waves of missile strikes on Ukraine’s power grid and civilian infrastructure, in order to make further adjustments to target selection.
“Authors of these posts promise payments as rewards for providing relevant media files or text messages,” the SBU said.
The SBU urges people to remain vigilant and immediately report suspicious "requests" to law enforcement officials.
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