01 Mar 2019

Information Attacks on Democracies

A recent academic paper titled “Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy” aims to provide an explanation for why certain Internet disinformation attacks have significant destabilizing effects in the US, while strengthening the internal stability in Russia. The authors propose that in order to understand this phenomenon, it is important to look at

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01 Mar 2019

The Navy’s vision in a new era of information warfare

The US Navy has released its new broad strategy for the domain of  information warfare in the “Navy Cryptologic Cyber Warfare Community Vision.” While the document contains few details, it mentions that the Navy’ mission is “to deliver competitive outcomes in all domains of warfare through the application of Cyberspace

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06 Feb 2019

Add cybersecurity to Doomsday Clock concerns, says Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, cybersecurity issues are part of the reason why the Doomsday Clock currently stands at two minutes to midnight, which is the same critical position as during the height of the Cold War in 1953. The cyber aspect of the massive threat the human race poses to

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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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09 Oct 2018

New Tool Fights Fake News by Exposing the Websites That Create It

Fake news and misinformation thrives because it takes an impossible amount of time and resources to fact check, address every lie and fix every bad narrative. Research indicates that fake news also spreads more quickly than accurately sourced articles. By targeting the sources rather than the stories, however, researchers are

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09 Oct 2018

Russia is Winning the Information War in Iraq and Syria: UK General

“A senior general in the international fight against ISIS has a pointed warning for Western governments with troops in Iraq and Syria: You’re being played by the Russians. The Russian and Syrian regimes are mounting ‘extremely aggressive’ information operations, spreading disinformation and distorted narratives on social media in a bid to

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31 Aug 2018

Russia secretly finances news outlets in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia as part of information warfare

“The Russian government discreetly funded a group of seemingly independent news websites in Eastern Europe to pump out stories dictated to them by the Kremlin, BuzzFeed News and its reporting partners can reveal. Russian state media created secret companies in order to bankroll websites in the Baltic states — a

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15 Feb 2018

Commanding the Trend: Social Media as Information Warfare

This article demonstrates how social media is a tool for modern information-age warfare. It builds on analysis of three distinct topics: social networking, propaganda, and news and information sharing. Two case studies are used to show how state and non-state actors use social media to employ time-tested propaganda techniques to

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08 Apr 2016

Russia’s 21st Century Information War

For many months now Russia has engaged its domestic and international audiences in a massive information campaign. The goal of the campaign is to persuade and influence local and foreign populations that Russian territorial claims in Ukraine are based on legitimate responses to world events. This media offensive has used

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02 Nov 2015

The Islamic State and Information Warfare

ISIS, or the Islamic State (IS) as it now calls itself, is a far deadlier enemy than Al Qaeda, es- pecially in its understanding and use Information Warfare and Psychological Operations (PSYOP). A fully fledged insurgency which has recruited tens of thousands of fighters and controls large parts of Iraq

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