Friday, February 16, 2018
Russian election hack may have used synthetic ID theft of real US persons
It appears that some of the fake Facebook and other social media accounts involved with the 13-point Mueller indictment today may have been created as synthetic fake people with info stolen about real US persons, as in this Wired story.
It does not appear that there was widespread direct harm to the persons stolen (credit scores, false prosecutions)
A fake profile of me was created on Facebook in early 2016, caught by a friend, and removed by Facebook before I knew about it. It has no content. But it is conceivable that this could have been Russian activity.
A detailed story in the Washington Post about the indictment by Rosalind S. Heldeman and others appears here.
Apparently some real US citizens joined fake groups not knowing these were Russian.
Here is a Scribd pdf text of the US Attorney in Washington DC (37 pages). It is said to read like a spy novella.
It is not clear how easily individuals named could be extradited and prosecuted.
The story could turn out be relevant to “fake business scams” currently discussed on my IT jobs blog.