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InfoWar Update – 17 February 2017


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

Apologies about the “Choke on Coffee Warning”.  I was actually trying not to fall asleep as I typed that and just did the whole thing freehand. Like my definition of propaganda?  “Like porn, I’ll know it when I see it?” It’s actually a relief to see somebody take a real shot at codifying the definition. I only hope it can be shared soon.  We’ll probably never have a universally accepted definition, even one that is as dynamic as new technological innovations. At least there will soon be a dart on the dart board. 

My goal on that piece was to, quite honestly, give some feedback to Russian propagandists on how shallow and hilarious they are when it comes to writing their propaganda.  Their response, of course, is going to include a lot of unsubstantiated facts, fake news, conspiracy theories, and probably a lot of junk from cont.ws, LiveJournal, YourNewsWire, GlobalResearch, and Infowars.  Go on, I know you read my stuff.  I triple dog dare you.  

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Some very interesting reading on a range of InfoWar related themes, starting with the critically important CIPA being enacted, after the sorry history of the GRID bill in 2010.

The essay on “How America Lost Faith in Expertise” should have been titled “How The Notion of Expertise Was Poisoned by Adept Purveyors of Appealing FictionPretending to be Experts, and the Media Who Indulged Them”.

Some good articles on propaganda and cyber. Choke on Coffee Warning – Joel’s forensics on Russia propaganda, which we hope will continue to be posted!

 


Grid-protecting CIPA: Enacted, but in time? – Washington Times Congress, virtually at the last minute and unnoted by the press, finally passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA) — arguably the single most important piece of legislation approved by Congress in 2016 — by inserting it into the National Defense Authorization Act.

North Korea missile strike remains a real threat – Washington Times When might North Korean develop missiles capable of striking the United States? Today.


How America Lost Faith in Expertise | Foreign Affairs We are moving beyond a natural skepticism of expert claims to the death of the ideal of expertise itself. This is a bad thing. If trust in experts dissipates, expertise will serve not the public interest, but the interest of whatever clique is paying its bills. And such an outcome is already perilously near.

Daily Russian Propaganda Dose – In Small Amounts – To Inform is to Influence I believe I have enough time to devote one blog per day, at least, to a daily piece of Russian propaganda.  I am working with a definition of propaganda from an unnamed source, that is pretty darn good.  I will share if and when I am allowed.  Let’s just say I’ve been asked to comment…

What is Fake News? – To Inform is to Influence Fake news is in the News these days, so what is it?   The term is most often used to describe completely fabricated stories, but can also be applied to a broader continuum of news.  Many news outlets will exhibit some form of explicit or implicit bias while not falling into the fake news category.…

Experts name “hot” trends in Russia’s fake news against Ukraine Disinformation and propaganda have become a serious problem for Ukraine since the start of a hybrid war with Russia, according to the representative of Ukraine’s StopFake.org, Ruslan Deynichenko,&nbsp;Novoye Vremya reports. News 16 February from UNIAN.

Spotlight: Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications – To Inform is to Influence Dear Mr. President, Attention: the future National Security Advisor. For the past eight years, the position of Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications was not filled properly and was not executed, almost not at all. As a result, the Strategic Communications community and capabilities of the United States suffered. This came at a tremendous cost…
Russia on cyber-offensive in Ukraine: new malware revealed Internet security firm&nbsp;CyberX&nbsp;said it has spotted a new weapon in the ongoing cyberwar between Russia and Ukraine &mdash; a program called BugDrop that is being used to steal vast amounts of sensitive data from Ukrainian businesses and institutions, according to the Boston Globe. News 17 February from UNIAN.

VKontakte, Odnoklassniki social media must be banned in Ukraine, advisor to interior minister says 16.02.17 18:36 – VKontakte, Odnoklassniki social media must be banned in Ukraine, advisor to interior minister says Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs Zorian Shkiriak calls to ban VKontakte and Odnoklassniki social media in Ukraine as they are allegedly controlled by the Russian security services. View news.

Ukrainians defend homeland from invaders in comic book inspired by hybrid war -Euromaidan Press | A Ukrainian comic book with a parallel to modern events. It was written by an internally displaced person from Donbas and tells the story of brave Ukrainians who defend their homeland from invaders. The series, which can be translated as “Keepers of the Country,” is only two issues into its planned 10-part first season. The stories involve four legendary Ukrainian heroes: brothers Kyi, Schek, Khoryv as well as their sister Lybid, the original founders of Kyiv. Leonid Krasnopolskyi, the author of the project, wanted to make a comic book with Ukrainian superheroes that Ukrainian kids could look up to in modern times.

Study: 70 percent of US oil, gas companies hacked last year – Fifth Domain | Cyber Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

French president wants more cybersecurity for election – Fifth Domain | Cyber Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

What’s the biggest cyber threat under your nose? [Video] – Fifth Domain | Cyber Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

McCaul calls for ‘red lines’ on political hacking – Fifth Domain | Cyber Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

7 deadliest cyberattack techniques for 2017 – Fifth Domain | Cyber Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

Yahoo blames ‘state-sponsored actor’ in new warning on hacking attacks – Fifth Domain | Cyber Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

 

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