11 Mar 2019

Russian Trolls Shift Strategy to Disrupt U.S. Election in 2020

Cybersecurity experts believe that Russian efforts to interfere in the 2020 US elections are taking on a slightly different form than in the past, with Internet trolls using fake social made accounts to “amplify” politically divisive content, rather than creating new content as they did in 2016. The shift in

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26 Feb 2019

Social Media Drives $3.2bn+ in Black Hat Profits

According to a new report by Bromium, cybercriminals heavily rely on social media platforms to spread malware and to exchange illegal resources. Consequently, yearly profits of social media-enabled cybercrime total at least $3.25bn. The researchers found that instances of social media-enabled cybercrime have soared over the last few years, as

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21 Feb 2019

NATO troops got catfished & honeypotted on social media, revealing serious vulnerabilities

NATO has carried out an internal cyber security experiment to test the extent to which its troops could be identified and influenced during an exercise by means of social media data. A report on the experiment mentioned that the researchers “identified a significant amount of people taking part in the exercise and

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21 Feb 2019

Russian Military Says Nyet to the Internet

In order to prevent soldiers from inadvertently revealing Russia’s involvement in secretive military campaigns, such as those that were carried out four years ago in Ukraine in support of pro-Russian separatists, a new law in Russia makes it illegal for troops to post photographs, videos and geolocation data online. However, experts doubt

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19 Feb 2019

‘Digital Gangsters’: UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

The media committee of the UK parliament has released a report in which it claims that Facebook “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws,” adding that “[c]ompanies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and

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02 Jan 2019

Istanbul police: Judicial action taken against over 2,500 social media users in 2018

Government crackdowns against social media users continued in 2018. In Turkey, “Judicial actions have been taken against 2,793 social media users in 2018, Istanbul police have said in a statement. According to the written statement, judicial actions were taken against 750 people for conducting ‘terrorist propaganda’ on their social media

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31 Dec 2018

Watch that Tweet! China cracks whip on government social media image

China is launching a campaign to clean up the social media presence of its government departments, working to improve government connectivity via social media while also controlling negative comments which can have a “negative impact on the image and the public trust in the government,” according to a government website

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28 Dec 2018

A California Court Finds Social Media Posts Aren’t a First Amendment Right

“Social media has created a slew of new issues in the courts and forced judges to ponder the legal import of postmodern concepts like Facebook friends and Instagram followers. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Packingham v. North Carolina that social media platforms are the new ‘public square,’ and access to them is

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27 Dec 2018

The IRS Wants to Use Social Media to Catch Tax Cheats

IRS use of social media for information mining connected to audits has been rumored, but it has not been confirmed until a recent request for information shows that it is seeking to formalize a tool to compile relevant public information from social media sites. The request reads that “businesses and

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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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