Information operations · Information Warfare · Journalism

Washington Post, Newsweek, The Hill Using Russian Disinformation Techniques


Many Russian disinformation articles refer to experts or expert agencies to provide validation of a claim. Sometimes the claims are outrageous, sometimes the claims are complete fabrications, and often the claims seem almost legitimate. Until you do a modicum of digging, you know, do good old hardcore research. Apparently, this is what the Washington Post,… Continue reading Washington Post, Newsweek, The Hill Using Russian Disinformation Techniques

Disinformation · Information operations · Information Warfare · Reflexive Control · Russia

Thesis: Reflexive Control and Disinformation in Putin’s Wars


Francis King, University of Colorado at Boulder  Download Date of Award Spring 1-1-2018 Document Type: Thesis Degree Name: Master of Arts (MA) Department: Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures First Advisor Artemi Romanov Second Advisor Mark Leiderman Third Advisor Laura Olson Osterman Abstract The use of reflexive control (RC) and disinformation in the Russian conduct of… Continue reading Thesis: Reflexive Control and Disinformation in Putin’s Wars

Australia · CounterPropaganda · Information operations · Information Warfare · Propaganda · Russia · Ukraine · United States

On “Our democracy is more important than Facebook’s profits”


I just read a moving article.  It was heartfelt, emotionally evocative, and for someone not conversant in Russian Information Warfare, convincing.  I was sent the entire article by a close friend.   This is my review of “Our democracy is more important than Facebook’s profits“.   While the article contains quite a few very good points, to… Continue reading On “Our democracy is more important than Facebook’s profits”

Disinformation · Fake News · Information operations · Information Warfare

Cognitive Mindhacks: How Attackers Spread Disinformation Campaigns


At last researchers are starting to investigate “how” disinformation and fake news works, not simply throwing up their hands and saying ‘they’re doing it’.  “Enraptured Minds: Strategic Gaming of Cognitive Mindhacks” looks to be an interesting and probably educational presentation.  Unfortunately, I cannot attend the presentation, so if someone can contact Fyodor Yarochkin, Lion Gu, and Vladimir Kropotov,… Continue reading Cognitive Mindhacks: How Attackers Spread Disinformation Campaigns

Disinformation · Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Disinformation: Recent Czech survey data + elections = a disinformation site’s dream


Michael Colborne in Czech Republic, Disinfo, Elections, Russia June 24, 2017 Source: https://michaelcolborne.com/2017/06/24/recent-czech-survey-data-elections-a-disinformation-sites-dream/ The most recent round of Eurobarometer stats just came out, and they’re bad news for pretty much anyone in Czech politics right now. Only 18% of Czechs trust their government right now, a decline of 10% from autumn 2016 – by far the sharpest decline in the EU – and… Continue reading Disinformation: Recent Czech survey data + elections = a disinformation site’s dream

Disinformation · Information operations · Information Warfare · Phishing

TAINTED LEAKS


Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus By Adam Hulcoop, John Scott-Railton, Peter Tanchak, Matt Brooks, and Ron Deibert May 25, 2017 “Every external operation is first and foremost a domestic one: the single most important role of the agencies is to secure the regime.” — Mark Galeotti on Russian foreign intelligence Key Points Documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic… Continue reading TAINTED LEAKS

Disinformation · Information Warfare · Russia

Russian Ancestry Overstretch – Again


So much bullshit coming out of Moscow these days. Here is an official in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating that Ivan the Formidable (Terrible) aka Ivan Grozny aka Ivan IV: His father was descended from Augustus Octavian. His mother was descended from Genghis Khan. A Google translation of what he says: The Cathedral… Continue reading Russian Ancestry Overstretch – Again