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Revealed: The hacking and disinformation team meddling in elections

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Manisha Ganguly, David Pegg, Carole Cadwalladr and Jason Burke

15 Feb 2023 · 9 min read

Editor's Note

A consortium of journalists from 30 outlets have exposed a group selling hacking and disinformation services and who claim to have influenced 33 presidential elections. The Guardian has the story.

A team of Israeli contractors who claim to have manipulated more than 30 elections around the world using hacking, sabotage and automated disinformation on social media has been exposed in a new investigation.

The unit is run by Tal Hanan, a 50-year-old former Israeli special forces operative who now works privately using the pseudonym “Jorge”, and appears to have been working under the radar in elections in various countries for more than two decades.

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