Chinese bots spread disinformation about Canadian rare earths company in targeted attack, report alleges

Chinese bots spread disinformation about Canadian rare earths company in targeted attack, report alleges

Rare earth oxides are pictured in production at Lynas’ Advanced Materials Plant in Gebeng, Malaysia. Lynas is another company, along with Canadian-owned Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp. and USA Rare Earth LLC, targeted by an online network called Dragonbridge. A prominent U.S. cybersecurity firm is alleging that Chinese government-funded campaigns are spreading disinformation about Canadian rare earths miner Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp. in an attempt to cement China’s dominance in the sector and crush Canadian ambitions.

Virginia-based Mandiant Inc., which was founded by former U.S. government security experts, said in a report that Toronto-based Appia and two other rare earth companies, Lynas Rare Earths Ltd.

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and USA Rare Earth LLC, were targeted by an online network called Dragonbridge, a front for The People’s Republic of China (PRC).“Since rare earths mineral mining is of strategic significance to the PRC, and these entities are challenging the PRC’s […]

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