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Old 02-14-2017   #21
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So. Indicator?
I am sure Fallon's invitation to St. Andrews was longstanding, with a text prepared - perhaps even suitable for a Scottish audience - and then appears to have been changed to make remarks about the cyber threat. Secondly whatever its academic standing St. Andrews is unlikely to get the fullest media coverage.
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Default Russian Info, Cyber and Disinformation (Catch all 2017 onwards).

A new thread for a subject that will remain lively.

The pre-2017 main thread is now closed:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ad.php?t=20179

In a moment 22 posts in 2017 were moved here.
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EU Mythbusters

@EUvsDisinfo
Widely used disinformation practice: 1) Take a grain of truth, 2) inflate & distort it, 3) spread the message:
https://euvsdisinfo.eu/empty-europea...n-russian-tv/#
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Old 02-19-2017   #24
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Well worth reading....

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Released: Handbook of Russian Information Warfare.
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http://www.ndc.nato.int/news/news.php?icode=995#

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Old 02-21-2017   #25
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Russian state news keeping a close eye on Defense Ministry trash tabloid @zvezdanews' Facebook suspension.

A nation holds its breath.
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Russia Today media rebranded RT for more effective maskirovka deception, sprinkling journalism bits amid state-sponsored propaganda attacks.
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Old 02-22-2017   #27
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NOW even the Russian FM is getting into the "fake news fact checking clearing house business"......

The Russian foreign ministry's "fake news" page is also available in English:
http://www.mid.ru/en/nedostovernie-publikacii#

In best use of Russian stamp obsession I've seen in a while, MFA uses official-looking seal to declare news "fake."

Russian foreign ministry launches "fake news" page. First guilty parties: @NBCNews, @Telegraph, @nytimes, @business.

MIGHT become a badge of honor to be a western MSM included in this list....

WHAT is amazing is that the Russian FM is not on the list of "fake news" sites as they are the world's greatest lying machine and are producers of first rate "fake news" themselves......

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Reference US white nationalism ie neo Nazi.....

Some of the 73% under 30 look to Russia as the Great White Hope.

https://qz.com/869938/how-russia-sur...supremacists/#

Actually not surprising as US ultra right nationalists AND...neo Nazi's have attended the last two Russian ultra right conferences in 2015 and 2016...in St. Petersburg and Moscow
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Russia defense minister Shoigu on announcing creation of information operations forces:
"Propaganda must be smart, competent & effective"
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MustWatch
How a tiny pro-#AssadPutin "community" looks big by creating bot accounts, spreading their propaganda
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https://youtu.be/I4V2L-uusdM

Say hello to Russia's @Twitter trolls. Helped with this #BBC article on them
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-39041596#…
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Russia defense minister Shoigu on announcing creation of information operations forces:
"Propaganda must be smart, competent & effective"
Truth? What's that? Russian defense minister embraces "propaganda," hoping to make it "smart, competent & effective"
http://bit.ly/2mmc6Dd
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Russia's military admits for the first time the scale of its information warfare.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/39062663#
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Russia's military has admitted for the first time the scale of its information warfare effort, saying it was significantly expanded post-Cold War.
Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russian "information troops" were involved in "intelligent, effective propaganda", but he did not reveal details about the team or its targets.
The admission follows repeated allegations of cyberattacks against Western nations by the Russian state.
Nato is reported to be a top target.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39062663
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Default Maskirovka: two old posts

From a 2016 post by Outlaw09: From the archives: the Soviet military strategy of maskirovka dates back decades:http://warontherocks.com/2016/05/a-d...ling-red-army/

From AdamG in 2016: Maskirovka’ Is Russian Secret War

Sneaky tactics are an old Russian tradition:
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The term is maskirovka, which in Russian literally means “something masked.” Maskirovka has its roots in the word “masquerade,” a synonym for “disguise.” It is a tactic as old as the Trojan horse … and a favorite of the Russian military.

“The Russians embrace maskirovka because it works,” said James Miller, managing editor of The Interpreter, a daily online journal that translates media from the Russian press and blogosphere into English for use by analysts and policymakers.

The staff at The Interpreter has tracked numerous examples of what they say are maskirovka tactics, Miller told War is Boring. What’s more, what they have found aligns with intelligence reports that NATO has released.
Link:https://warisboring.com/maskirovka-i...fb6#.ylwgw6vk8
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URGENT WARNING...only rumor not fully confirmed as of yet.....

Rumor has it Telegram is compromised & Russian IC has access to messages for past 3 years.
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Russian TV-station offered youths in #Rinkeby #Sweden money to do some "action" in front of the camera.

This was on Feb 22, a few days after the statement about #Sweden by @realDonaldTrump and two days after the riots

http://www.radio24syv.dk/udvalgte-ny...lave-ballade/#

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EU Mythbusters
✔ @EUvsDisinfo RU intelligence services textbook on psychological warfare outlines 3 types of propaganda: white, grey, black. More:
https://euvsdisinfo.eu/do-it-again/

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Learned fm very reliable IC sources that Trump WH, w/help fm Russian intel, is targeting US journalists.
Rough road ahead.
Get ready

There have been already a series of email attacks in the last two months which have the earmarks of the two Russian state sponsored hacking teams that hacked into the three US State election databases and into the DNC.....there was this week an attack on an election database taking the data of all voters...millions of personal datasets...

Email attacks have been targeting journalists both independent...bloggers...and those working for MSM outlets..

We have seen similar attempts here in Germany in the same time frame in the last two months....

WHY do we know that it was and or is the two Russian state sponsored hacking teams?

If anyone has been in a SIGINT collection site you have what as known as 98Hs....H for Hogs....who monitor all morse code transmitters....and with morse code hand keyers...each and every hand had a different touch and feel on the key thus a "signature".

That is the same with these two hacking teams...when you are successful you tend to keep what works and discard what does not...and in the end it is the hand of the hacker that types on his keyboard and each hacker has their own style on the keys and has favorite commands....thus a "signature"....

And lately there is a reoccurring set of "signatures" that can be tracked...regardless of how well one hides on the darknet....footprints are always still present days later...
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Right now one of the favorite Russian mafia hacking attacks....

Mar 17

Ransomware for Dummies: Anyone Can Do It

https://youtu.be/5WJ2KHoo5Fo

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Among today’s fastest-growing cybercrime epidemics is “ransomware,” malicious software that encrypts your computer files, photos, music and documents and then demands payment in Bitcoin to recover access to the files.

A big reason for the steep increase#in ransomware attacks in recent years comes from the proliferation of point-and-click tools sold in the cybercrime underground that make it stupid simple for anyone to begin extorting others for money.

Recently, I came across an extremely slick and professionally produced video advertisement promoting the features and usability of “Philadelphia,” a ransomware-as-a-service crimeware package that is sold for roughly $400 to would-be cybercriminals who dream of carving out their own ransomware empires.

This stunning advertisement does a thorough job of showcasing Philadelphia’s many features, including the ability to generate PDF reports and charts of victims “to track your malware campaigns” as well as the ability to plot victims around the world using Google Maps.

“Everything just works,” claim the proprietors of Philadelphia. “Get your lifetime copy. One payment. Free updates. No monthly fees.”

One interesting feature of this ransomware package is the ability to grant what the program’s architects call “mercy.”
This refers to the desperate and heartbreaking pleas that ransomware purveyors often hear from impecunious victims whose infections have jeopardized some priceless and irreplaceable data — such as photos of long lost loved ones.

I’ll revisit the authors of this ransomware package in a future post. For now, just check out their ad. It’s fairly chilling.
http://krebsonsecurity.com/
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"Viral deception" -- VD for short -- new term for "fake news"
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