15 Feb 2019

Fake News Rattles Nigerian Election Campaign

Tomorrow, Nigeria goes to the polls to elect a new President after a long and messy campaign season plagued by fake news stories. From fabricated endorsements to re-used violent images attached to new false narratives, fake news has spread across different social media platforms and been viewed by millions of

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23 Jan 2019

European Parliament Elections in May: Europe’s most hackable election

While individual European countries have held elections in recent years since the Russian campaign on the US election in 2016, the EU is gearing up for its first election since 2014. According to one European expert, “since then [2016], we have tested national systems for the security environment as we

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21 Jan 2019

DR Congo election: Court upholds Tshisekedi’s win despite leaked data that suggests results were rigged

The DRC’s constitutional court upheld the preliminary results of the recent presidential election, affirming Felix Tshisekedi’s victory after clear reports of fraud from election oversight groups. Tshisakedi is the son of powerful opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi, who died in 2017 and was seen at that time as one of the

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10 Jan 2019

DR Congo presidential election: Outcry as Tshisekedi named winner

Opposition figure Felix Tshisekedi has been named winner of the recent presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country’s powerful Catholic Church, the only truly nation-wide institution, has stated that the announced results do not match polling data collected by its 40,000 election monitors. The announced runner

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02 Jan 2019

Warning of ‘Fictitious’ Election Results Online, Congo Cuts Internet and SMS services through January 6

“The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government cut internet connections and SMS services across the country for a second straight day on Tuesday as the country nervously awaited results from the weekend’s chaotic presidential election. Both the opposition and ruling coalition said on Monday they were on track to win after

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26 Dec 2018

The intelligence community’s conclusions on 2018 midterms interference

“Russia — as well as other foreign countries, including China and Iran — conducted influence activities and messaging campaigns during the 2018 midterm elections, according to the U.S. intelligence community. The director of national intelligence, per executive order, submitted a report on foreign interference in the elections to the president,

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18 Dec 2018

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA’s Go-To Social Network

“For Russian misinformation mongers, 2017 was the year of Instagram. As Facebook and Twitter cracked down on foreign influence campaigns amid media scrutiny, the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) found unprecedented success in shifting its disinformation efforts to the photo-sharing app, according to a new report commissioned by the Senate

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06 Nov 2018

Midterms Security Watch: Facebook shuts down more than 100 pages after being notified by US authorities

“The social-media network Facebook says that it has taken down more than 100 pages that ‘may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior’ after first being notified by U.S. law enforcement just hours before voting beings. Facebook has identified and blocked around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts, the company

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01 Nov 2018

Military Cyber Teams On Standby For Elections

“The Homeland Security and Defense Departments don’t expect a significant cyber attack on next week’s elections. But both agencies are eager to avoid a repeat of 2016, so just in case, military Cyber Protection Teams are on standby and able to respond ‘within hours,’ a senior Pentagon official told reporters.

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25 Oct 2018

European elections ‘face growing threat of manipulation’

“EU governments cannot treat the next year’s European parliamentary elections as ‘business as usual’ given the growing risk of foreign and corporate manipulation, according to the European commission. The scandal over the misuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and the growing evidence of illegal interference in elections were described

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