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North Koreans used fake social media accounts to bypass sanctions

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North Koreans used fake personas on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media sites to generate tens of thousands of dollars in income all the while bypassing sanctions, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds.

Why it matters: North Koreans are taking advantage of the same social media tools that allowed Russians to interfere in the 2016 election to test not just the limits of democracy, but financial exploits as well.

U.S. spy chief says China is using LinkedIn to recruit Americans

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The head of U.S. counterintelligence, William Evanina, told Reuters that Chinese spy agencies are creating fake LinkedIn accounts to recruit Americans with access to government and business secrets, and he's calling on LinkedIn to shut them down.

Why it matters: LinkedIn, unlike Twitter and Facebook, has largely remained out of the spotlight when it comes to battling social media misinformation campaigns. But with several other tech giants headed to Washington next week to testify on their role in foreign interference, LinkedIn may soon be forced to address abuse on its platform too.