Category Information Operations

Russia And China (And Iran) Target U.S. Protests On Social Media

Russia and China (And Iran) target US protests on social media Politico · by Mark Scott · June 1, 2020 Russia and China are flooding social media with content targeting the ongoing unrest and violence in the United States, according to an analysis of recent Twitter posts by POLITICO. Since May 30, government officials, state-backed media outlets and […]

‘Deepfakes’ Are Here. These Deceptive Videos Erode Trust In All News Media

I would argue that all trust in the news media has already been mostly destroyed; without the assistance of deepfakes. Deep fakes may further exacerbate the decline of trust in the media; but, the ‘news media’s’ credibility problem goes well beyond deep fakes. Journalism as we used to know it…….is dead, IMO, and it had […]

America Rethinks Its Strategy In The Wild West Of Cyberspace

America rethinks its strategy in the Wild West of cyberspace The Economist May 30th 2020WASHINGTON, DC COVID-19 HAS been a phisherman’s friend. Millions of professionals are at home and online, adjusting to new routines and anxious about their jobs. That makes them perfect marks: apt to click on an email that purports to be from their […]

The NSA Has A Warning: Russia’s Most Infamous Hackers Are Still Active

The NSA has a warning: Russia’s most infamous hackers are still active The alert describes how the GRU is targeting a vulnerability in unpatched Unix systems, an alternative to the operating systems of Microsoft and Apple. NBC News · by Kevin CollierKevin Collier is a cybersecurity reporter based in New York City. · May 28, 2020 The same […]

DIA Experiment Shows Artificial Intelligence Can Outperform Human Analysts In A Key Area: But, A Clever, Sick-And-Twisted Adversary, Denial & Deception Still Trumps AI

DIA Experiment Shows Artificial Intelligence Can Outperform Human Analysts In A Key Area; But, A Clever, Sick-And-Twisted Adversary, Denial & Deception Still Trumps AI      Patrick Tucker’s posted an April 29, 2020 article, “Artificial Intelligence Outperforms Human Analysts In A Key Area,” to the national security and technology website,      […]

U.S. Adversaries Are Accelerating, Coordinating Coronavirus Disinformation, Report Says

Excerpt: The State Department report was produced by the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, which coordinates the government’s effort to identify and counter disinformation by foreign adversaries. “The GEC assesses that their current convergence on Covid-19 disinformation has accelerated as the pandemic increasingly impacts the world,” the report said. “Russia, China and Iran do have […]

American Media Is Amplifying Chinese Propaganda

David Maxwell Comment:  “I hope journalists will read and reflect on this. No one should be blinded by their views on Trump (or on Biden/Sanders/Clinton/Obama for that matter). What makes CCP propaganda so effective is it use the already existing biases and themes and messages that are already in place (thus the title amplifying).  And […]

North Korea Launches New Smartphone: The Pyongyang 2428

David Maxwell Comment:  “More potential for information and influence activities.  We need to exploit this.” North Korea launches new smartphone: the Pyongyang 2428 – Daily NK · April 7, 2020 The Pyongyang 2425. / Image: Daily NK North Korea has launched a new iteration of its “Pyongyang” series smartphone, the Pyongyang 2428, Daily NK sources […]

Western Media Falls Into China’s Propaganda Trap

Excerpts: China’s information war goes hand in hand with a bid for greater global influence. Although this is unconscionable, it’s not hard to grasp the motivation of the leadership in Beijing. What is much harder to comprehend is the readiness of the mainstream media to give Beijing a pass—all the while showing irrational disdain for the […]

Don’t Let The Chinese Communist Party Use The Coronavirus To Its Advantage

Excerpts: These lies serve a higher purpose for the party: turning coronavirus into a net positive for the CCP. Consulting firm Horizon Advocacy published a report last week, based on Chinese government and state media sources, that details China’s plan to position its economy in strategic sectors to box out other industrialized nations still reeling […]