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22 February, 2019
Russian Hacker Groups Can Infiltrate a Computer System In 19 Minutes, The World’s Fastest

The company that first linked Russian organizations to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee has released a new ranking of cyber threats, and Russia is at the top. The new threat report from CrowdStrike ranks state-sponsored hackers by the time it takes hackers to start moving around in a computer system after they’ve made

21 February, 2019
Russian Soldiers Now Forbidden Phones

For years social media posts by Russian soldiers have inadvertently provided digital footprints of Russia’s military presence from places where the government denies having troops on the ground. Now, the military is putting a lid on such leaks. A new law passed this week will kick active duty soldiers off the Internet for a five-year

20 February, 2019
Google Details its Battle Against Disinformation

At the Munich Security Conference last week Google unveiled new policies to tackle disinformation across its search engine, YouTube, Google News and advertising products at a time when the tech company is under attack for making fake news popular and easy to access. The 30-page report gives the most detailed explanation to date about how

19 February, 2019
UK Parliament Body Calls For New Facebook Regulation

A British parliamentary inquiry into fake news and disinformation has concluded that social media giants have violated data privacy laws and “malign forces intent on causing disruption and confusion” have interfered in elections both in the UK and globally. The report based on 18 months of research by a cross-party parliamentary panel, branded Facebook’s behavior

15 February, 2019
India’s Efforts to Stop Social Media Abuse Threaten Encryption

As India moves closer to implementing new strict tech rules that the government says would combat harmful social media content, WhatsApp has become the latest tech company to push back against the proposals — and push back hard. India, the world’s largest democracy and WhatsApp’s largest market, is gearing up for national elections later this

14 February, 2019
Russia’s Next Step Toward Sovereign Internet

Russia’s lower house parliament has passed the first reading of a bill that aims to create a fully autonomous internet in the country, the latest step Moscow has taken to disconnecting itself from the global digital world . Proponents of the draft law known as “Sovereign Internet” say that, the goal is to make Runet

11 February, 2019
Bellingcat Reveals Movements of Third Russian Skripal Poison Suspect

A third Russian military intelligence officer linked to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the United Kingdom last year could be linked to the poisoning of a prominent Bulgarian businessman in 2015, according to the investigative new sites Bellingcat and The Insider. The two investigative teams say they have uncovered and analyzed the

8 February, 2019
Meet Facebook’s New Fact-Checker

Facebook has signed up a new fact-checking partner this week, a two-person company called Lead Stories which has promised to spot hoaxes more quickly for the social media giant with equal doses of new technology and its founders’ enthusiasm. Facebook has come under heavy criticism amid a roiling global debate about the company’s responsibility to

5 February, 2019
India vs Big Tech in Latest Fake News Battleground

India has become the latest battleground country where global tech companies and government are fighting over the boundaries between fake news and free speech — and how far nations should be regulating social media. Last week companies including Google Facebook and Amazon pushed back against draft regulations issued by the Indian authorities to police fake

1 February, 2019
Belarussian Escort Hints of More Russian Meddling to Keep Her Silent

Belarusian escort Anastasia Vashukevich has published a tell-all book about seducing oligarchs, been in a Thai jail, and caused a corruption scandal in Russia. And that’s all before she became a secondary player in the Trump-Russia saga with titillating claims of alleged wrongdoing among White House insiders. Now, Vashukevich is muddling the waters of the

31 January, 2019
US Intel Chief Lists Disinformation a Grave Threat

The U.S. intelligence director this week warned American lawmakers that cyber attacks, including disinformation campaigns and malicious hacking, are among the top national security threats facing the country. “Our adversaries and strategic competitors will increasingly use cyber capabilities—including cyber espionage, attack, and influence—to seek political, economic, and military advantage over the United States and its

30 January, 2019
Facebook Announces ‘New Tools’ To Help Protect EU Elections

Facebook has announced it will roll out new tools aimed at preventing election meddling by making political advertising more transparent during upcoming European Parliament elections scheduled later this spring. Elections for European Parliament will take place between May 23 and 26, with hundreds of millions of people from 27 EU member countries set to vote.