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Cognitive Mindhacks: How Attackers Spread Disinformation Campaigns

November 7, 2017

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Researchers investigate the tools and techniques behind cyber propaganda and fake news and how it changes public opinion.

Disinformation campaigns, otherwise known as cyber propaganda, cognitive hacking, information warfare, and the more common “fake news,” have roots in history but are increasingly relevant, and dangerous, as actors manipulate Web tools to sway public opinion.

Content promotion services have been in the “gray market” for a while, but fake news didn’t start to gain widespread attention until the 2016 US Presidential election, explains Vladimir Kropotov, senior researcher for Trend Micro’s Forward-Looking Threat Research (FTR).

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