Veterans of the Vietnam War salute during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, November 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia targeted U.S. military personnel and veterans in a cyber campaign last spring by spreading messages on social media networks that promoted Kremlin propaganda as well as conspiracy theories, according to a new study.
The Oxford University study found that three websites with Kremlin ties —, and — engaged in “significant and persistent interactions” with the U.S. military community, McClatchy highlighted Monday.
“We’ve found an entire ecosystem of junk news about national security issues that is deliberately crafted for U.S. veterans and active military personnel,” professor Philip Howard, who led the research in the study, told the newswire.
“It’s a complex blend of content with a Russian view of the world — wild rumors and conspiracies.”
Despite their attempts to gain influence through social media platforms last June, the study found that they did not make “very deep” inroads with the group on Twitter. The sites, however, did have more success with Twitter than Facebook.
Mike Carpenter, a former senior Pentagon official, told McClatchy that the three websites all “appear to …