RUSSIAN cyber units are reportedly spreading bogus health information about flu and measles jabs in the UK as part of a bid to “destabilize Britain”.
Vladimir Putin is understood to want to break down trust between the US and European governments.
Security services are now said to be so concerned about the threat to public health in the UK that government departments have been told to flag up risky articles, Mirror reports.
And the paper claims health chiefs have held emergency meetings over “fake news” about vaccination campaigns being spread.
Public health officials are now investigating whether an outbreak of measles last week in Liverpool and Leeds was fuelled by parents not vaccinating their children because of false information on the web.
Chris Phillips, former National Counter Terrorism Security Office head, told the Mirror: “This is all about destabilization by external forces.
“War is ever changing and becoming much more cyber-based.
“For generations, governments in the UK and the West have been extremely worried about destabilization from external forces.