Podcast Aurélien Capdecomme, Chief Technology Officer at “20 Minutes”, explains how hackers copied our news media site to relay propaganda Russian against Ukraine
The Russian war in Ukraine has many fields of operation. On land, at sea and in the air, but also on the Internet. The Kremlin’s propaganda is pouring out on social networks, and, in an ingenious way, by imitating the site of 20 Minutes, our French news media , free and independent.
A domain name similar to that of 20minutes.fr
A website imitating that of 20 Minuteshas been recently spotted by Meta, the parent company of Facebook. Same colors, same presentation, and a very, very similar URL: 20minuts.com. As explained by Aurélien Capdecomme, Chief Technology Officer at; 20 Minutes,to our podcast “Minute Papillon!” this domain name close to 20minutes.fr. They created a graphic charter similar to; our media, making their fake site almost similar to ours. Several pages have been created, on which were published pro-Russian and anti-Ukrainian propaganda articles.
How the teams of 20 Minutesdid they allow the deactivation of this fake site? Why is it easy to create clones of French news sites? What the law says? And how to check that you are indeed on the pages of our media, and not on a fake site imitating it?
All the answers from Aurélien Capdelike in this episode. Our “ CTO ” advises you in particular to check that the URL entered in the browser is indeed www.20minutes.fr, to search for our site with a search engine like Google, or to put our website in “favorite” ;. Good listening!
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