China/Russia/Iran/Tunisia: A report published this morning by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) revealed that the group identified and took down ten influence operations that were being spread on their platforms. The influence operations were identified by both Google and third-party organizations that shared the information with Google. The ten operations were being run by nations that have been known to participate in online influence operations–including China, Russia, and Iran. One of the identified Russian operations appears to have been a continuation of the six-year-long operation called “Secondary Infektion” [sic]. A small number of the campaigns were focused on supporting spam campaigns rather than being politically motivated and appeared to be linked to a single campaign out of China, which may be a resurgence of the old Spamouflage Dragon campaign. One surprising inclusion on the list of nations participating in Influence operations was Tunisia. The majority of the operations were politically motivated, targeting users online throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Far East. The influence operation tied to Tunisia, dubbed Operation Carthage, was associated with a public relations firm rather than a government organization and was focused on influencing the Tunisian presidential election.
By Anthony Zampino Introduction Leading up to the most recent Russian invasion of Ukraine in