A recent report published by The Washington Post revealed how China is aggressively using advanced software to surveil popular social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, among others, in order to monitor the activities of and collect information against Western government officials and journalists. Mining these platforms is not solely the purview of intelligence and security services. In fact, “social media intelligence” as a discipline has emerged because of the booming popularity of these outlets.
In this OODAcast, the tables are turned as OODA Network Expert Jen Hoar interviews CEO Matt Devost and they discuss how Matt consistently identified new threats and opportunities by blending eccentric interests into a career as a serial entrepreneur and become an established expert on cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and technology issues.
Cyberwar Was Coming: A Reflection on the 25 Year Old Thesis that Predicted a Generation of Cyberconflict
“You’ve got to read what this kid is writing out of his basement at the University of Vermont…” – recently retired CIA officer to intelligence and military colleagues in 1994. A candid 25 year retrospective on a thesis that launched a tremendous amount of dialogue and action on the issues of information warfare, cyberterrorism, and cybersecurity.
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
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
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
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
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
“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
“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