Defending the Indefensible: A New Strategy for Stopping Information Operations – War on the Rocks

One note, prevention (results driven) is more than just deterrence (consequence driven.)

In the book Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, malicious viral information is deliberately spread by a nefarious actor to infect computers and people’s brains. The virus is transmitted in a variety of ways: via bodily fluid exchange, exposure by observing code with your eyes, as an injected drug, and via computer

Source: Defending the Indefensible: A New Strategy for Stopping Information Operations – War on the Rocks

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Imagining a Cyber Surprise: How Might China Use Stolen OPM Records to Target Trust? – War on the Rocks

“What is the quickest way you can destroy an organization?… Mistrust and discord.” -Col. John Boyd

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What Did Russian Trolls Want During the 2016 Election? A Closer Look at the Internet Research Agency’s Active Measures

In March, after a more than yearlong investigation into Russian active measures used during the 2016 presidential campaign, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its final report. The report asserted that the primary goal of Russia’s covert influence campaign through social media platforms was

Source: What Did Russian Trolls Want During the 2016 Election? A Closer Look at the Internet Research Agency’s Active Measures

The Top Three Trends We Miss When Discussing Russian Ads

Last week, the Democrats of the House Intelligence Committee released the trove of over 3,500 Facebook ads purchased by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) from 2015 to 2017. For the most part, the release confirms what we already knew: Accounts based in Russia exploited America’s societal fissures to sow chaos in the United States in order to weaken our democratic structures, force us to turn inward, and thereby increase Russia’s standing in the world.

Source: The Top Three Trends We Miss When Discussing Russian Ads

Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower

Political consulting group Cambridge Analytica used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a whistleblower told a congressional hearing on interference in the 2016 US election Wednesday.

He added that he was aware of “black ops” at the company, “which I understood to include using hackers to break into computer systems to acquire ‘kompromat’ or other intelligence for its clients.”

Source: Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower fears Facebook data was shared with Russia – CNNPolitics

Whaaaat? Ain’t no black person gonna believe black vote suppression by white supremacists!

The whistleblower whose disclosures about Cambridge Analytica shook the tech world over questions about users’ data privacy told Congress on Wednesday that the company engaged in efforts to discourage or suppress voting.

Source: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower fears Facebook data was shared with Russia – CNNPolitics

European spy chiefs warn of hybrid threats from Russia, IS

European intelligence chiefs warned Monday that Russia is actively seeking to undermine their democracies by disinformation, cyberattacks and more traditional means of espionage.

Source: European spy chiefs warn of hybrid threats from Russia, IS