17 Dec 2019

In Indonesia, Fake News is Ubiquitous. So He Created A Software To Track Down Their Origins

Fake news has had drastic effects on Indonesian civilians, causing crises and panic over the past decade. Ismail Fahmi, founder of the social media analysis system based on big data, was instrumental in the 2014 crackdown on fake news following the presidential elections. When an issue dominates social media, such

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02 Sep 2019

US Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to develop software that can spot fake news stories as well as fake audio, images and video (deepfakes) in order to combat “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks.” Over a period of 48 months the DARPA initiative, called the Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) program,

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09 Aug 2019

WhatsApp Messages Can Be Intercepted, Manipulated

Threat actors could take advantage of severe vulnerabilities in the immensely popular WhatsApp messaging application in order to tamper with message replies and sender identities, or to get victims to share information meant for a private chat in a group conversation, Check Point researchers warn. The issues were first reported

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06 Jun 2019

Russia Effort in 2016 US Election Was ‘Vast,’ ‘Professional’

A new report by Symantec indicates that the Russia misinformation campaign that aimed to interfere with the 2016 US election was even more sophisticated and extensive than previous research suggested. The Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), an organization that played a key role in the meddling efforts and has often

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04 Jun 2019

North Korea: Fake news on both sides is the norm

A recent South Korean newspaper article claiming that the North Korean nuclear envoy to the US was executed by the North Korean regime after the February US-North Korea nuclear summit failed, exposes the highly speculative nature of mainstream media reporting on the most isolated county on the planet. The story

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31 May 2019

New AI Generates Horrifyingly Plausible Fake News

A new AI algorithm developed by a team of researchers is capable of generating fake and misleading news stories that seem more plausible than those created by humans, a new academic paper[PDF] shows. Moreover, the AI only needs to be fed a headline in order to write a full article.

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22 May 2019

Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks

Campaign group Avaaz has uncovered a vast far disinformation campaign spreading fake news stories on Facebook in order to promote far right political positions to European voters ahead of the European Parliament election that will be held between 23 and 26 May. After being notified of the results of the

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15 May 2019

How Pro-Iran Hackers Spoofed FP and the News Media

A new report by Citizen Lab sheds light on a sophisticated disinformation campaign that aims to spread Iranian propaganda by promoting articles on spoofed news websites through phony Twitter accounts. The ongoing campaign, dubbed “Endless Mayfly,” started in 2016 and involved at least 11 fake Twitter personas that targeted journalists

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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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13 Mar 2019

CISA Cyber Chief Warns Political Candidates ‘Everybody’s a Potential Target’

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning that all candidates in every official election, including federal, state and local elections, are potential targets for cyberattacks aimed at influencing the campaign and the results. The agency, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security and is in charge of

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