A Russian spy has claimed that Vladimir Putin was so enraged by British support for Ukraine that he ordered plans for attacks against the UK to be drawn up.
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A NEW troll farm set up by Vladimir Putin is targeting the social media accounts of Boris Johnson and Ben Wallace to spread lies about the war.
And some of the cyber warriors with the prime minister and defense secretary in their sights could even be based here, Whitehall sources fear.
Trolls are using Islamic State tactics and QAnon conspiracy madmen to dodge measures used by Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, urging companies to act.
“It comes as a Russian spy claims Putin is so furious with UK support for Ukraine that he ordered ‘retaliatory’ plans to be drawn up against the RAF or Navy.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said, “We cannot allow the Kremlin and its rogue troll farms to invade our online spaces with their lies about Putin’s illegal war.
“We will work with allies and media platforms to undermine Russian information operations.”
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said Putin was trying to “deceive the world about the brutality he is inflicting on the Ukrainian people”.
The unit, known as Cyber Front Z, is based in St. Petersburg but recruits Putin loyalists abroad to bombard politicians and websites with fake news.
He suspects ties to Putin’s pal Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Internet Research Agency that meddled in the 2016 US election.
Meanwhile, the ghost who warned of attacks on British military targets by Russian intelligence said: ‘On Putin’s orders, the retaliatory operation is in its final stages.’
He shared his fears with FSB defector Boris Karpichkov, who is hiding in Britain and said Putin bizarrely blamed Britain for the loss of his prized 11,500-tonne Black Sea flagship, the Moskva .
He claimed Putin wanted to hit navy ships in revenge, with RAF units and naval bases also in the line of fire.
Mr Karpichkov said: “These are serious and extremely serious threats.”