Pro-Beijing Online Campaign Targets U.S.-Based Xinjiang Researcher, Cybersecurity Firm Says

HONG KONG—A professional-Beijing on-line propaganda marketing campaign has used phony web sites and social-media posts to attempt to discredit a distinguished German anthropologist who has investigated China’s crackdown on Muslims, in response to cybersecurity researchers.

The exercise, which dates to final 12 months and continues, is a part of a posh effort to push pro-China narratives utilizing greater than 70 suspected inauthentic information web sites in 11 languages, all tied to a Chinese language public-relations agency, in response to a brand new report made public Thursday by the U.S.-based cybersecurity agency Mandiant Inc.