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US Sanctions Russian Firms Over 'Fake Websites'

[2024年3月25日] 来源:VOA News  整理:Geilien.cn   字号 [] [] []  
资料照片:美国财政部大楼夜景。 (美联社照片)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions Wednesday against two people and their Russia-based companies it accused of supporting a Kremlin-directed disinformation campaign involving the impersonation of legitimate news websites.

The sanctions targeted Moscow-based company Social Design Agency and its founder, Ilya Andreevich Gambashidze, as well as the Russian-based Company Group Structura and its owner, Nikolai Aleksandrovich Tupikin, according to a statement from the Treasury Department.
根据财政部的声明,被制裁的是总部在莫斯科的公司社会设计局(Social Design Agency)及其创始人伊利亚·安德烈维奇·甘巴希德兹(Ilya Andreevich Gambashidze)以及基于俄罗斯的公司架构集团(Group Structura)及其所有人尼古拉·亚历山德维奇·图皮金(Nikolai Aleksandrovich Tupikin)。

On behalf of the Russian government, they handled a network of more than 60 websites that mimicked media organizations and used fake social media accounts to amplify their content, the statement said.

"The fake websites appeared to have been built to carefully mimic the appearance of legitimate news websites," the Treasury Department said.

"The fake websites included embedded images and working links to legitimate sites."

The sanctions come amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow over Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, now in its third year.

The United States has repeatedly accused Moscow of orchestrating what it calls global "malign influence campaigns" aimed at sowing instability in democratic countries.

Last October, a U.S. intelligence report said Russia was using its spy network, state-run media and social media to undermine public trust in elections around the world.

The United States shared the report with some 100 countries.

"We are committed to exposing Russia's extensive campaigns of government-directed deception, which are intended to mislead voters and undermine trust in democratic institutions in the United States and around the world," Brian E. Nelson, under-secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, was quoted as saying in Wednesday's statement.
财政部周三的声明援引财政部负责反恐与金融情报的副部长布莱恩·E·尼尔森(Brian E. Nelson)的话说:“我们致力于揭露俄罗斯由政府指挥的大范围欺骗行动,这些行动的意图是误导选民并破坏对美国和世界各地民主制度的信任。”

U.S.-based disinformation researchers say hundreds of sites mimicking news outlets — powered by artificial intelligence — have cropped up in recent months, fueling an explosion of false narratives, about subjects ranging from war to politicians.

That includes several Russian-linked websites mimicking news outlets and pushing Kremlin propaganda ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November, according to researchers at Clemson University and the watchdog organization NewsGuard.
据克莱姆森大学(Clemson University)和监督组织新闻卫士(NewsGuard )的研究人员说,这包括几家与俄罗斯有关联的网站,这些网站模仿新闻机构并在11月美国总统选举之前推动克里姆林宫的宣传。