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Minister of national defense of Lithuania admitted to being gay and was accused of sexual harassment

Summary of Disinformation

Minister of national defense of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis admitted to being gay and was accused of sexual harassment.


Repeating disinformation that appeared when news website tv3.lt was hacked and false information concerning Minister of National Defence published in the evening of January 18. Immediately after that, e-mail letters containing an attachment with a malicious code were sent from an address mimicking the hacked website to a target audience - representatives of Lithuanian state authorities and media organisations. The incident was prevented through cooperation of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and tv3.lt experts.

The malicious code was injected into a hidden data field, description of which also shows an error message in Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet
allowing investigators to assume that a Russian version of Microsoft Word software was used for the creation of the document.

Further debunking by NCSC: kam.lt/en/news_1098/current_issues/national_cyber_security_centre_provides_analysis_of_the_recent_cyber-incident_in_a_news_website.html,

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Reported in: Issue 97
Date: 19.01.2018
Language: Russian
Country: Lithuania
Keywords: Sexual harassment, LGBT
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Korrespondent.net
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