disinformation

Pierluigi Paganini May 13, 2024
Russian hackers defaced local British news sites

A group of hackers that defines itself as “first-class Russian hackers” claims the defacement of hundreds of local and regional British newspaper websites. A group claiming to be “first-class Russian hackers” defaced numerous local and regional British newspaper websites owned by Newsquest Media Group. The group defaced the home pages of the targeted websites and […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 19, 2023
Ukraine’s cyber police dismantled a massive bot farm spreading propaganda

The Cyber ​​Police Department of the National Police of Ukraine dismantled a massive bot farm and seized 150,000 SIM cards. A gang of more than 100 individuals used fake social network accounts to conduct disinformation and psychological operations in support of the Russian government and its narrative on the invasion of Ukraine. The gang used […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 23, 2023
Many cyber operations conducted by Russia are yet to be publicly disclosed, says Dutch intelligence

Dutch intelligence revealed that many cyber operations attributed to Russia against Ukraine and NATO members have yet to be publicly disclosed. According to a joint report published by the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), and the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD), many cyber operations conducted by Russia-linked hackers against Ukraine and NATO […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 28, 2022
ONLINE DISINFORMATION: Under the hood of a Doppelgänger

ONLINE DISINFORMATION is one of the defining issues of our time and the influence of fake news has become an acute threat to our society. Disinformation undermines true journalism and steers the public opinion in highly charged topics such as immigration, climate change, armed conflicts or refugee and health crises. Social media platforms are the […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 28, 2022
Meta dismantled the largest Russian network since the war in Ukraine began

Meta dismantled a network of Facebook and Instagram accounts spreading disinformation across European countries. Meta announced to have taken down a huge Russian network of Facebook and Instagram accounts used to spread disinformation published on more than 60 websites impersonating news organizations across Europe. The disinformation operation began in May 2022, the network targeted primarily […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 24, 2022
Ukraine: SSU dismantled cyber gang that stole 30 million accounts

The cyber department of Ukraine ‘s Security Service (SSU) dismantled a gang that stole accounts of about 30 million individuals. The cyber department of Ukraine ‘s Security Service (SSU) has taken down a group of hackers that is behind the theft of about 30 million individuals. The gang was offering the stole accounts for sale […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 02, 2022
The role of Social Media in modern society – Social Media Day 22 interview

This is a transcription of an interview I had at Iran International broadcaster, I discussed about the role of social media in modern society. What’s the Middle East government’s role on Cyber bullying towards opposition activists? Middle East governments play a crucial role in cyberbullying against the opposition. Several independent organizations for the protection of […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 23, 2022
Russia-linked Fronton botnet could run disinformation campaigns

Researchers warn that the Fronton botnet was used by Russia-linked threat actors for coordinated disinformation campaigns. Fronton is a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) botnet that was used by Russia-linked threat actors for coordinated disinformation campaigns. In March 2020, the collective of hacktivists called “Digital Revolution” claimed to have hacked a subcontractor to the Russian FSB. The […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 16, 2022
Russia’s disinformation uses deepfake video of Zelenskyy telling people to lay down arms

Russian disinformation continues, this time it used a deepfake video of Zelenskyy inviting Ukrainians to ‘lay down arms.’ A deepfake video of the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy telling its citizens to lay down arms is the last example of disinformation conducted by Russia-linked threat actors. The fake video shows President Zelenskyy saying ‘It turned out […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 26, 2022
Russia restricts Twitter in the country amid conflict with Ukraine

Global internet monitor working group NetBlocks reported that Twitter has been restricted in Russia amid conflict with Ukraine. Global internet monitor working organization NetBlocks shared its metrics confirming the restriction of Twitter in Russia from early morning amid conflict with Ukraine. Multiple local providers (Rostelecom, MTS, Beeline and MegaFon) were blocking access to the popular […]