Hackers’ Fake News Site Relied on Plagiarized Stories

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By: Reid J. Epstein and Siobhan Gorman | Wall Street Journal

The fake news website allegedly used as cover by Iran-based hackers was also a serial plagiarizer, copying articles from such sources as BBC, Reuters and the Associated Press but putting its own name on them.

Newsonair.org, the website that cybersecurity firm iSight Partners fingered as the Tehran-based fake news outlet in a report out Thursday, doesn’t appear to contain much if any original news, and iSight said it “plagiarizes content from other legitimate news sources.”

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