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 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 November 20, 2019
Chicago student charged with writing code to spread ISIS propaganda

US authorities arrested Thomas Osadzinski, a student at DePaul University, because he allegedly built a custom Gentoo Linux distro for ISIS. Thomas Osadzinski (20), a student at DePaul University, Chicago, was arrested because he allegedly built a custom Gentoo Linux distro for ISIS, he could now face up to 20 years in prison. The Chicago […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 04, 2018
Russian troll factory suspected to be behind the attack against Italian President Mattarella

The Russian shadow behind the attack on Italian President Mattarella, a coordinated attack via Twitter involved hundreds of profiles inviting him to resign. Cybersecurity experts and Italian media believe that the Italian President Sergio Mattarella is the last victim of the Russian troll farm. On May 27 the late afternoon, thousands of Twitter profiles suddenly started spreading […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 29, 2018
Twitter shared details about its strategy for fighting spam and bots

Twitter provided some details on new security processes aimed at preventing malicious automation and spam. The tech giant also shared data on the success obtained with the introduction of the new security measures. Social media platform are a privileged tool for psyops and malicious campaign, for this reason, Twitter rolled out new features to detect and […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 15, 2018
UK GCHQ director confirmed major cyberattack on Islamic State

GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming announced this week that the U.K. has launched a major cyberattack on the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization. According to the spy chief, the GCHQ the attack was launched in collaboration with the U.K. Ministry of Defence and has distributed operations of the Islamic State. The UK intelligence believes this is the first […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 05, 2018
Facebook: Cambridge Analytica scandal affected 87 Million users

Facebook revealed on Wednesday that 87 million users have been affected by the Cambridge Analytica case, much more than 50 million users initially thought. The social network giant recently unveiled clearer terms of service to ensure transparency to its users about data sharing. Facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer provided further details on the case, including new estimations […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 21, 2017
H1 2017 – Twitter suspended a total of 935,897 accounts for the promotion of terrorism

Twitter published its Transparency Report related to H1 2017, the company suspended 935,897 accounts for the promotion of terrorism. Twitter suspends 299,000 accounts linked to terrorism in the first six months of 2017, the company revealed that 75 percent of the infringing accounts were suspended before their first tweet confirming the huge efforts in fighting online […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 24, 2017
The UK continues to grant the export of surveillance equipment to countries like Turkey

According to the UK’s Department for International Trade, the country granted a license to export surveillance equipment to Turkey earlier this year. The UK continues to be one of the most active countries involved in the trade of surveillance technology. British firms continue to export surveillance systems ranging from internet mass surveillance equipment to-catchers. According to the […]