Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts claiming that they were being used by China to manipulation opinions with regards to ongoing demonstrations in the city of Honk Kong.
Shane Huntley Threat Analysis Group, Google Security stated in a blog post that: “As part of our ongoing efforts to combat coordinated influence operations, we disabled 210 channels on YouTube when we discovered channels in this network behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.”
Google say they found evidence of VPNs being used to mask the origin of the accounts and that this is consistent with how other coordinated influence operations are undertaken.
The firm states that each month its threat analysis group has to send out more than 4,000 warnings to users on its services that they may be subject to government-backed attempts to gain access to their accounts.