Researchers find Iranian-linked online campaign to spread anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and anti-American content
The network “spreads falsehoods and amplifies narratives critical of Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Israel,” according to Citizen Lab.
“Our investigation identifies cases where Endless Mayfly content led to incorrect media reporting and caused confusion among journalists, and accusations of
. Even in cases where stories were later debunked, confusion remained about the intentions and origins behind the stories,” it added.
Among the reported disinformation was a fake news article claiming that a senior Israeli official had been dismissed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on suspicion of being a Russian agent, though no such event ever occurred.
“Despite extensive exposure of Endless Mayfly’s activity by established news outlets and research organizations, the network is still active, albeit with some shifts in tactics,” Citizen Lab concluded in its report.
The Trump administration announced last week that a carrier strike group and bomber task force have been deployed to the Persian Gulf, with national security adviser John Bolton citing “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” in the region.
The U.S. has also reportedly linked Iran to the sabotage of four oil tankers with explosive devices earlier this week.