Over the previous few years, on-line disinformation has taken evolutionary leaps ahead, with the Web Analysis Company pumping out synthetic outrage on social media and hackers leaking paperwork—each actual and fabricated—to go well with their narrative. Extra just lately, Japanese Europe has confronted a broad marketing campaign that takes pretend information ops to one more stage: hacking respectable information websites to plant pretend tales, then hurriedly amplifying them on social media earlier than they’re taken down.
On Wednesday, safety agency FireEye launched a report on a disinformation-focused group it is calling Ghostwriter. The propagandists have created and disseminated disinformation since at the very least March 2017, with a deal with undermining NATO and the US troops in Poland and the Baltics; they’ve posted pretend content material on every thing from social media to pro-Russian information web sites. In some instances, FireEye says, Ghostwriter has deployed a bolder tactic: hacking the content material administration methods of stories web sites to publish their very own tales. They then disseminate their literal pretend information with spoofed emails, social media, and even op-eds the propagandists write on different websites that settle for user-generated content material.
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