15 Apr 2019

Major coordinated disinformation campaign hit the Lithuanian Defense

On 10 April, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry and its minister Raimundas Karoblis were the target of a major disinformation campaign that aimed at “discrediting not only the minister as a politician but also the entire Lithuanian national defense system and damaging public trust and support to the armed forces.” The

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29 Mar 2019

In Ukraine, Russia Tests a New Facebook Tactic in Election Tampering

With the Ukrainian Presidential elections only days away, candidates are nervous about Russian interference efforts, while security officials are doing everything they can to undermine hacking and disinformation campaigns carried out by Moscow-backed hackers and trolls. Early in the campaign, Ukrainian authorities took down a Russian operation aimed at obtaining

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26 Mar 2019

Facebook Removes Fake Iranian Network Targeting Millions of Foreign Citizens

Facebook recently took down hundreds of accounts, pages, and groups that were part of propaganda networks tied to Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo, the social media giant announced on Tuesday. The biggest network of “coordinated inauthentic behavior” was linked to Iran and primarily focused on promoting narratives critical of the

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08 Mar 2019

How China & Russia Use Social Media to Sway the West

A new report by Recorded Future analyses how social media-based campaigns by the Russian and Chinese governments aim to influence public opinion in the US and other Western countries. The study finds significant differences between the Chinese and Russian campaigns both in terms of motivation and the way in which

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29 Jan 2019

Deepfake videos: Inside the Pentagon’s race against disinformation

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with universities and research collaborations around the country to combat deep fake technology. Deep fakes pose a unique and near-existential threat to countries like the U.S. where free media and fair elections are an important cornerstone of civic life. Deep fake

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11 Jan 2019

Google Search Results Spoofed to Create Fake News

While efforts to increase awareness about fake news and how to spot it, a new technique using Google has emerged that allows users to tamper with Google search results through custom URLs. The tactic reportedly operates by using Knowledge Cards, the boxes on the right-hand side of the screen populated

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04 Dec 2018

Reuters Special Report: How Iran spreads disinformation around the world

Media website Nile Net Online portrays itself as the purveyor of “true news”…to expand the scope of freedom of expression in the Arab World” from supposed offices in Cairo. With over 115,000 followers between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it had a significant reach. The contact and geographical information listed on

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21 Nov 2018

Inside the British Army’s secret information warfare machine

While disinformation campaigns waged by Russia and ISIS have become common stories, little is discussed or understood about comparable operations conducted every day by Western countries. While the emphasis on these operations are often that they are directly attributable to their respective sources (e.g. that people know they come from

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21 Sep 2018

China accused of stepping up disinformation war on Taiwan

Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice has accused China of mobilizing an army of trolls to spread fake news and manipulate public opinion on the island. Ministry investigators reportedly found “unequivocal evidence” of Chinese campaigns targeting the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the President. In once named instance, a viral video about

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10 Jul 2018

Twitter suspending over 1 million accounts per day in effort to fight fake accounts and disinformation

Twitter suspended over 70 million accounts in May and June, as it increases efforts to clamp down on fake accounts and disinformation. This rate is more than double that from mid-2017, prior to the disclosure of Russian use of fake accounts to foment political instability and influence the 2016 election.

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