Tomorrow’s Intelligent Malware Will Attack When It Sees Your Face

IBM researchers have injected viruses with neural nets, making them stealthier and precisely targetable.

Source: Tomorrow’s Intelligent Malware Will Attack When It Sees Your Face

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How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.

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Russian Trolls Swarmed The Charlottesville March — Then Twitter Cracked Down

A BuzzFeed News analysis shows that Russian accounts blamed the violence on the “antifa” and backed Trump all the way. Then most of them abruptly went silent — presumably banned by Twitter.

Source: Russian Trolls Swarmed The Charlottesville March — Then Twitter Cracked Down

Massive Attack On Swedish News Sites Was The Work Of Russia, US Told Its Ambassadors

According to a newly released State Department cable, the attack was part of a Russian campaign to sow disinformation about NATO. It came as Russia allegedly was stealing Democrats’ emails.

Source: Massive Attack On Swedish News Sites Was The Work Of Russia, US Told Its Ambassadors

Transatlantic Techlash Continues as U.K. and U.S. Lawmakers Release Proposals for Regulation – Lawfare

The 2018 “techlash” shows no sign of slowing. The last week of July saw the release of two papers containing proposals for significant increases regulation of tech companies, particularly with an eye toward protecting the integrity of political processes and elections.

Source: Transatlantic Techlash Continues as U.K. and U.S. Lawmakers Release Proposals for Regulation – Lawfare

An Intelligence Reserve Corps to Counter Terrorist Use of the Internet – Lawfare

Never before in history have terrorists had such easy access to the minds and eyeballs of millions,” declared one journalistic account of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine and proficient use of Twitter, Facebook, bots, and other modern means of getting its message out.

Source: An Intelligence Reserve Corps to Counter Terrorist Use of the Internet – Lawfare

FBI Task Force Sharing Information About Online Trolls 

The FBI has started sharing information about online trolls and other suspicious users with top technology companies as part of the bureau’s behind-the-scenes effort to disrupt foreign influence operations aimed at U.S. elections, with officials saying it is the service providers’ responsibility to police malign messaging by Russia and other countries.

Source: FBI Task Force Sharing Information About Online Trolls