The number of countries in the cross-hairs of political disinformation campaigns more than doubled to 70 in the last two years, according to a recent report from researchers at Oxford University. Given the efficacy of such attacks, it’s not surprising that disinformation campaigns are also becoming a business problem. Companies as varied as Olive Garden, Koch’s Turkeys, and Columbine Chemicals have been recent victims of massive social media hoaxes spreading false information connected to their product or brand.
Disinformation attacks create the perfect storm on a global level by traversing hemispheres and social classes in a matter of moments.
While disinformation is getting a lot of attention in security circles, the discussion primarily tends to be in the context of election security. However, hacking social media accounts, or creating fake accounts, to post false messages about a company is absolutely a disinformation campaign.
The hashtag #BoycottOliveGarden went viral this week on Twitter, amid claims that the Italian restaurant chain was helping to fund President Trump’s reelection campaign. The problem, according to the restaurant and independent researchers, is that it’s just not true.
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While the industry as a whole must adopt a more focused and holistic approach to working together as offense and defense. Without a true devotion from red team offensive groups to truly help and work together with the blue team defensive groups we will never see a shift and maturity in security as a whole.
Meet Harrison. Harrison is “good, loving, caring, and kind hearted.” Harrison is also a fake account, though it might not look like it on first glance.
Note that this is not a one-time exercise, but a digital hygiene process which should be rinsed and repeated at regular intervals.
We live in an age of heightened interpersonal conflict, stress and anxiety in the workplace. One of the fallouts of all of this is data theft. According to Verizon's 2019 Insider Threat Report, insider threat actors are prevalent in many industries, and the causes range from personal gain (such as selling sensitive data on the black market) to a disgruntled employee who lashes out in retaliation for a perceived slight. An employee may also unknowingly become a pawn in an external actor’s game of gaining access or, more likely, they may be simply careless in their use of technology.
Russians and others won't stay out of 2020. But they'll be able to amplify US-created disinformation and have more time to disrupt 2020 in other ways.
What lies ahead in fintech is a groundswell of rapidly and constantly developing regulatory requirements and unbridled opportunity.