Fake News is also known as активные мероприятия (active measures). It infects the target society, spreads and destroys it from inside, like a virus. The internet is a dreadful new vector for it, given how rapidly it can spread and how fake news can be so well dressed up to appear like the real thing. The agents and kooks don't need a printing press or a TV or radio station in this century. In Episode 1 of Operation InfeKtion, we reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For a bit.