China · Information Warfare

How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument


Gary King, Jennifer Pan, and Margaret E. Roberts. Forthcoming. “How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument.” American Political Science Review, 2017. Abstract: The Chinese government has long been suspected of hiring as many as 2,000,000 people to surreptitiously insert huge numbers of pseudonymous and other deceptive writings into… Continue reading How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument

Information Warfare · Russia

Russia’s information warfare is on the rise: David Ignatius


29 January 2017 By David Ignatius WASHINGTON — Last February, a top Russian cyber official told a security conference in Moscow that Russia was working on new strategies for the “information arena” that would be equivalent to testing a nuclear bomb and would “allow us to talk to the Americans as equals.” Andrey Krutskikh, a… Continue reading Russia’s information warfare is on the rise: David Ignatius

Information Warfare · Russia

Facebook temporarily blocked RT — and Moscow isn’t happy


The block has been lifted, but I can guarantee that RT is going to play this for all the propaganda value it is worth. One must question, exactly what are these “active countermeasures” to which Roskomnadzor is referring? Roskomnadzor, according to its own website, is not authorized to actively engage outside Russia, https://rkn.gov.ru/. Obviously, “active countermeasures” are something… Continue reading Facebook temporarily blocked RT — and Moscow isn’t happy

Information Warfare · Russia

Ukraine revisited – Disinformation Review


New #DisinfoReview from the EU East StratCom Task Force 19 January 2017 *TRENDS OF THE WEEK* Ukraine revisited There was plenty of disinformation about Ukraine again during the last week. One “documentary” about Eastern Ukraine claimed that the Russian presence in the area was fabricated by the Western media. Russian state TV show Vremya Pokazhet focused… Continue reading Ukraine revisited – Disinformation Review

CounterPropaganda · Information Warfare · Russia · United States

Russia, Putin, and Trump – An Analysis


As a Russian Information Warfare expert, I have been asked on more than one occasion to give my thoughts about Russia, Putin, and Trump. After an extended weekend spent contemplating this very nuanced situation, I am going to attempt to share my opinion. I truly believe what I am about to write. As a man… Continue reading Russia, Putin, and Trump – An Analysis

Cybersecurity · cyberwar · Information operations · Information Warfare

Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet Sailors Receive Copernicus Award


FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MD, UNITED STATES 01.18.2017 Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Samuel Souvannason  U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) – Two U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) members were selected as recipients of the Copernicus award, which recognizes individual contributions to naval warfare in the… Continue reading Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet Sailors Receive Copernicus Award

Cybersecurity · cyberwar · Information Warfare · Russia

Squirrels Keep Menacing the Power Grid. But at Least It’s Not the Russians


Squirrel! With that one word, I could always make my German Shepherd over-react and instantly accelerate in search of…   That was during my first marriage,  I sure do miss that dog. With the recent attacks on US information systems and at least one false claim of a Russian attack on an electrical substation, squirrels… Continue reading Squirrels Keep Menacing the Power Grid. But at Least It’s Not the Russians