Open Letter of European security experts to Federica Mogherini: Please start taking the Russian disinformation threat seriously!

Open Letter of European security experts to Federica Mogherini: Please start taking the Russian disinformation threat seriously!

The aggressive actions of the Kremlin are unprecedented in the modern era. Invasion of neighbouring countries, massive bombings and killings of civilians, and the first annexation of a foreign land by force in Europe since World War II, constant violations of other states’ borders, kidnapping foreign citizens, harassment of foreign diplomats, or massive cyber attacks are all in Russia’s current regime toolkit. All these offensive incidents are accompanied by a

Hungarian secret agent reveals in detail how serious the Russian threat

By Szabolcs Panyi, Index Secret agents, counter-intelligence officers do not give interviews to the media very often and it is even more unique when they do so under their real name and with their own face. Ferenc Katrein worked for the Hungarian civilian counter-intelligence agency for 13 years, including a stint as an executive head of operations, and dealt with sensitive cases such as the Roma murders of 2008-2009 or

Germany announces next steps against fake news

As we have reported on several occasions, (e.g. here and here), the fight against fake news online sees new initiatives in different countries. This week, the German government announced that they wish to increase the pressure on social networks to stop defamation, hate speech and fake news. According to Heiko Maas, the German Justice Minister, Facebook and Twitter are not taking down defamatory content fast enough. A new bill that

StopFakeNews #124 [ENG] with Matt Kriteman

The latest edition of StopFake News with Matt Kriteman. This week’s fakes include stories about impending hunger and food riots in Ukraine, more claims that Ukraine is so broke it can’t host Eurovision, Russia launches a fact checking initiative and more.

Irony Dies Again as Russia Today Launches Fake-News Debunker

In case anyone needed a reminder that we’re living in strange times: Russia Today has launched a fake-news debunking site. The Kremlin-backed news organization, a notorious propaganda purveyor in its own right, announced the site — called FakeCheck — on Wednesday. It wrote: In a post-truth world, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish between what is real and what is fake news. RT’s new special project, FakeCheck, helps you to separate fact

Tanks of Buhaivka: A training facility in Eastern Ukraine

By Klement Anders, Bellingcat On March 16, 2017, popular Ukrainian Twitter user @GirkinGirkin published a tweet sharing imagery of armored vehicles, including tanks. The user claims that the photographs were uploaded on the same day near Buhaivka, Luhansk oblast, thus in an area currently not under the control of the Ukrainian government. After analyzing new satellite imagery from Digital Globe captured on Wednesday, March 15, we can confirm that Russian-separatist

How to Spot Fake News

By Eugene Kiely and Lori Robertson, FactCheck Fake news is nothing new. But bogus stories can reach more people more quickly via social media than what good old-fashioned viral emails could accomplish in years past. Concern about the phenomenon led Facebook and Google to announce that they’ll crack down on fake news sites, restricting their ability to garner ad revenue. Perhaps that could dissipate the amount of malarkey online, though news consumers

Countering Information War Lessons Learned from NATO and Partner Countries: Recommendations and Conclusions

By Daniel Milo and Katarína Klingová, Globsec Policy Institute “Russia is waging the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare.“ Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO Wales summit, September 2014. In 2013, General Valery Gerasimov published an article, now know famously as “Gerasimov’s Doctrine”, which defined information warfare as the combination of electronic warfare, cyberwarfare and psychological operations into a single, coordinated military effort.

Russian Lawmakers Order Probe Of RFE/RL, VOA, And CNN

The lower house of the Russian parliament has ordered a probe into whether RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Voice of America, and CNN are in compliance with Russian laws. The move by the State Duma on March 17 comes just days after U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat-New Hampshire) introduced a bill that would empower the Justice Department to investigate possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by RT, the state-backed Russian

Fake: Hunger in Ukraine

A new theme proving very popular in Russian media is the alleged hungry winter Ukraine is living through. Leading the pack with this fake story is none other than Russia’s Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda, which announced recently that hungry Ukrainians are driven to scrounge for bread quite literally thrown to the birds. Zvezda’s source is a Facebook post by Lada Laferova from Odesa, who claims that she herself saw

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