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The Doppelgänger Bots. How They’re Using Stolen Social Identities.

They’re amplifying misinformation, sprinkling fake news headlines through Twitter feeds and more. We’re documenting, tracking, and archiving the everyday behaviours (the bad) of fake Twitter Bot profiles. Recently we’ve uncovered fake profiles that have been forged, hijacked… stolen. It’s like witnessing social media identity theft. We’ve noted the profiles of organizations, businesses, and people that appear abandoned, possibly dormant, or in a few cases still operating. Here are seven examples of profiles we’re labeling as stolen, and all operating as Bot manipulated content feeds.

News organization — compromised.

Established organization — compromised.

Everyday citizen — compromised.

The next last four stolen profiles have a distinct pattern with the “Join Date”. As well, the retweeted content has connect themes (fake news; investing; gambling…) from specific profiles we’ve seen common to this Bot network.

Everyday citizen — compromised.

Everyday business — compromised.

Non-profit organization — compromised.

Corporation — compromised.

Our focus is observing and documenting Bot’s operating in ways that misrepresent, mislead, and misinform. In this case, these “Doppelgänger Bots” use of stolen social media identities is exposing the reputations of real people, organizations, institutions and businesses to considerable risk.

Here too it’s masquerade, I find: 
 As everywhere, the dance of mind.
I grasped a lovely masked procession,
And caught things from a horror show…

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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From John’s pen (cofounder).

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