17 Dec 2020

Guess which states saw the most election disinformation in 2020

The 2020 election was riddled with misinformation floating around the web and spreading rapidly through social media platforms as companies like Twitter and Facebook scrambled to add warnings to misleading posts. Although their efforts were not unfounded, there is still evidence of disinformation campaigns targeting certain groups and states. Zignal

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06 Nov 2020

U.S. Seizes More Domains Used by Iran for Disinformation

Earlier this week, the US announced that it had seized an additional 27 domains allegedly belonging to Iran and used to spread intentional disinformation campaigns. The US revealed that the group that owned the domains, the Islamic Revolutionary Gaurd Corps (IRGC), were violating US sanctions against the IRGC and the

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26 Oct 2020

Treasury Sanctions Iranian Entities for Attempted Election Interference

On October 22, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) determined to impose sanctions on five distinct Iranian entities known to have attempted to conduct election interference on the US and its voters. These attempts include spreading disinformation and executing malign influence campaigns aimed to mislead

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09 Oct 2020

U.S. Seizes Domain Names Used by Iran for Disinformation

Earlier this week, the US Government announced that it had seized 92 domain names utilized by Iran-backed threat actors to spread disinformation. The domains pretended to be genuine news outlets, however, they were controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Gaurd Corps (IRGC) to launch a global disinformation campaign spreading Iranian propaganda

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05 Oct 2020

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube race to contain disinformation about president’s diagnosis

Just minutes after President Trump announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, misinformation began to spread across social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been actively combatting disinformation campaigns related to the President’s diagnosis, including marking posts with warnings about fraudulent information. With Election Day just weeks away,

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30 Sep 2020

FBI says hackers want to stoke doubt about the 2020 election

Misinformation campaigns have plagued the US Presidental Elections for years, and on Monday the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) warned the public about the potential of foreign-produced disinformation aiming to cast doubt about the legitimacy of the upcoming election. Foreign actors may be trying to spread false claims

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14 Aug 2020

New Coalition Wants to Help in Fight Against Election Misinformation

Earlier this week, a sophisticated and massive disinformation campaign was exposed in a report detailing attempts to sway US voter opinions and derail US presidential elections. A new group has emerged that aims to form a coalition that is dedicated to fighting election misinformation and fake news. Platforms such as

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05 Aug 2020

Counter-Disinformation Tradecraft For Professionals And Leaders – OODA Training Event

OODA is pleased to offer this unique online training event with OODA Expert Marc Ambinder.  OODA Network Members receive 50% off.  Please log-in to view the discount code or use this opportunity to Join Our Network (Link).

Training Date:  August 27, 2020 at 13:00 p.m. (EST)

Course Description:

Viral misinformation and disinformation campaigns cause otherwise intelligent human beings to make poor choices. You already know that.

But the most harmful consequence is more subtle and more pernicious: civic paralysis. The bad information befuddles our intuitions and teaches us that we can’t really figure out what we need to know in order to make a good choice in any given situation.

That means that voters don’t vote. Consumers turn away from trusted brands. Readers opt for simple confirmation of beliefs, rather than tolerate nuance. Customers won’t take risks on new products. Even leaders in positions of authority, when paralyzed by misinformation, throw up their hands and give up. The problem, as old as human beings, now seems too big, too easily scaled up, too epiphenomenal to try to tackle.

How can decision-makers function in an environment when the barrier of entry to gaming any set of facts is so low? How can you communicate your story clearly, cleverly, and with confidence that your adversaries, competitors, opponents, personal trolls and random enemies, won’t block your way? How can you avoid the traps that make your business, your message, your story uniquely susceptible to a disinformation campaign?

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30 Jul 2020

Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories

Security firm FireEye released a report on Wednesday detailing the activity of a disinformation group it has dubbed “Ghostwriter.” The group has been creating and disseminating disinformation since at least March 2017. Ghostwriter primarily focuses on undermining NATO and the US troops in Poland and the Baltics. Ghostwriter has posted

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17 Jun 2020

Super secretive Russian disinfo operation discovered dating back to 2014

Graphika published a 120-page report that describes a new Russian information operation that was previously not well known. The Russian threat actor group is codenamed Secondary Infektion and is not closely associated with the Internet Research Agency, the Sankt Petersburg company that was known to have interfered in the US

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