Research by the Associated Press has uncovered what seems to have been a state-run espionage campaign centering on a fake LinkedIn profile that managed to connect with various influential people in Washington. Moreover, experts believe that the people behind the campaign used artificial intelligence (AI) to generate the profile picture of Katies Jones, the name of the phantom account.
As the world’s biggest social media platform for professional networking, LinkedIn is a very interesting platform for state-backed cyber espionage operations. According to William Evanina, director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center, China in particular uses the platform as part of “mass scale” espionage campaigns. In the first stage of such campaigns, threat actors usually set up a bunch of phantom accounts and link them together. Then they send out thousands of connection requests to potential targets. If a few people accept the request, the legitimacy