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Google Maps users steal restaurant reviews to send HIDDEN messages to Russians

In a move against Vladimir Putin, Google users are leaving fake reviews of Russian restaurants to share news from Ukraine.

Google Maps posts are being used to circulate stories and photos from the front lines about the Kremlin’s brutal invasion and encourage Russians to stand up to their “lying” leader.

Netizens are using Google Maps to share news from Ukraine with Russians

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Netizens are using Google Maps to share news from Ukraine with RussiansCredit: SOPA/LightRocket Image via Gett
A fake Google review of a Moscow cafe

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A fake Google review of a Moscow cafeCredit: Google

The idea was shared to Twitter on Monday by hacking group Anonymous as a way to bypass Russian state censorship.

The network collective wrote on Twitter: “Go to Google Maps. Go to Russia. Find a restaurant or business and write a review. “

They added: “When you write the review, explain what is happening in Ukraine.”

The tweet quickly gained traction, garnering more than 24,000 retweets and 79,000 likes.

Under the post, Anonymous shared some sample texts in Russian for people to include in their phoney reviews.

One translation reads: “The food is great! Unfortunately, Putin spoiled our appetite by invading Ukraine.

“Stand up to your dictator, stop killing innocents! Your government is deceiving you. Get up! Google” Kyiv” and putler [sic] and share it with everyone in Russia. “

In response, users on Twitter shared screenshots of their own reviews on the popular Google maps tool.

One person left on the Google page for Grand Cafe Dr Zhivago, a famous fine-dining restaurant in Moscow, wrote: “Russia is invading Ukraine for no reason; displacing and killing civilians and lying to you as public their people.”

The facility saw a flurry of reviews on Google on Tuesday, some with pictures of the devastation in Ukraine, CNET report.

Another said: “In Ukraine is war. People die every day. Putin lies and shows your propaganda. Don’t believe him.”

Russia’s large-scale military invasion has so far claimed the lives of hundreds of Ukrainian civilians as artillery and rocket attacks hit the country’s towns and cities.

While merciless attacks have caused quite a stir around the world this week, in Russia, the story told to the public is a little different.

State-controlled television and newspapers advertised Kremlin audio lines that military action was being directed away from populated areas to reduce casualties.

Moscow’s strict censorship of social media means that citizens are not exposed to content that might paint their leaders in a bad light.

It left Russians – many of whom were aware of and opposed to the war, as demonstrated by mass protests across the country – with a skewed view of what was happening across the border.

Efforts are being made to reach them through Google reviews and other means to ensure they have a clearer picture.

It is part of a wave of cyber campaigns against Russia aimed at disrupting its activities at home and abroad.

Earlier today, Anonymous announced that they had shut down Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, taking away control of their spy satellites.

Last week, the group said it had successfully shut down more than 300 Russian sites and offered the military more than $53,000 to give up their tanks.

The moves come after the internationally notorious hacking collective declared war on Putin’s war machine in response to a call for arms from the Ukrainian government.

Volunteers from the country’s underground hacker force are helping to protect critical infrastructure and carry out cyber-espionage missions against the Russian military, according to reports. Reuters.

Reviews encourage Russian readers to support Putin

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Reviews encourage Russian readers to support Putin

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