By Jessica Lohmann/Bloomberg A teenager’s blog post on the Russian social networking site VKontakte was among the most popular posts from teenagers on Monday as the Russian government continued its campaign against online critics, according to researchers with cybersecurity company Kasperski Lab.
The post, which was posted on December 22, 2017, showed two girls posing as teenage girls from a local news program interviewing a group of teenagers, some of whom were wearing fake Facebook avatars, according, the blog post.
The post included a link to a Russian news site.
The link was not working and the post was not shared on VKontAKte, a VKontag that is widely used in Russia and the U.S. The teenagers posing as teenagers from the local news show were the ones who posted the post.
Kaspersky Lab researchers found the post had been shared over 8 million times in a single day.
The hackers who posted it had managed to make more than 7 million requests to VKontaks servers for the account information of the teenagers.
The researchers said they did not see the request coming.
The posting is one of more than 40 known examples of Russian hackers exploiting social media to get online users to share or post content that they believe could be useful to them.
They typically use this tactic to spread propaganda, according a report by the U-T San Diego.
The researchers said VKontakinews account had the highest number of requests for the personal information of teenagers for the day, and more than 200,000 requests for social media user names and other information, compared to just about 1,000 for the other major Russian social media sites.
In the post, a girl posing as a teenager named “Mel” said that she had been a student at a local school in St. Petersburg for five years, and had previously studied at a nearby college.
The girl was also the mother of two children.
Mel said that during her internship, she had learned about how social networks could be used to spread disinformation and had come up with a plan to create a Facebook account.
She said that the Facebook account she created was not fake and had a Facebook page.
She added that the account was being used by people in her neighborhood to spread rumors about her.
She told the researchers that she also created a Facebook group called “Feminism Today” to talk about the issues of feminism and that it had more than 20,000 members.
The group has since been deleted, the researchers said.
The VKontaking girl also said she had never seen a real Facebook page of the teens and did not know if any of the users had accounts with Facebook.
She also said that her group was “fake.”
Kasperski researchers said the teenagers could not be linked to any specific person because they did NOT have a verified name.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he did not want to be the one to say whether or not the teenagers were real, Peskov told a news briefing.
Peskov did not comment on the authenticity of the posts, but Peskov has previously said the Russians are trying to protect their state from foreign threats.
Peskov has said that Russian intelligence services are monitoring the accounts and are looking for any potential cyber espionage.