Freedom on the Net 2019 – The Crisis of Social Media

What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation. Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism, which have spread rapidly around the globe. Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, … Lees verder

Guccifer Rising? Months-Long Phishing Campaign on ProtonMail Targets Dozens of Russia-Focused Journalists and NGOs

  A sophisticated phishing campaign targeting Bellingcat and other Russia-focused journalists has been much larger in scope than previously thought, and has lasted at least several months. Bellingcat has identified dozens of targeted individuals across Europe and the US, with the earliest reported attack dating back to April 24 2019, and some evidence suggesting the … Lees verder

What’s the deal with FaceApp? The data-hungry Russian photo editor

  The viral FaceApp probably isn’t grabbing all your photos. But that doesn’t mean you should give it access to your mugshot – even just for fun. If you’re curious about what you’ll look like when you’re older the chances are you’ve already downloaded and tried out Face App, the iOS and Android app that … Lees verder

Europe Built a System to Fight Russian Meddling. It’s Struggling.

  BRUSSELS — The European Union launched an ambitious effort earlier this year to combat election interference: an early-warning system that would sound alarms about Russian propaganda. Despite high expectations, however, records show that the system has become a repository for a mishmash of information, produced no alerts and is already at risk of becoming … Lees verder