The European Commission intends to fight against the misinformation and fake news, but how many can do «11 soldiers Mogherini«countering propaganda «Goliath» and a Troll that could affect the results of democratic elections in Germany, the Netherlands, France and the Czech Republic? — write media. The FBI is investigating a cyber attack on the film festival «Sundance», which showed another film about doping in Russia.
The European Commission is taking steps to counter Russian misinformation and fake news. In the future, writes Tagesspiegel, the sight will be first and foremost Germany.
«Recently was exposed a classic case of deliberate misinformation: a small Internet resource of the Ukrainian Donetsk (now occupied by the Russian hybrid forces — ed.) said that NATO is preparing for war with Russia. Supposedly 3.6 thousand tanks already placed in a state of readiness on the Russian border. The news was tornado picked up by media and bloggers — even such respected publications as the British Independent,» notes the author.
In fact, it was only about 87 tanks. It is unclear who originally came false data, but the message of the news is not supposed to leave any doubt that NATO is the aggressor, Russia is under threat. This, the correspondent writes, the leitmotif of fabricated news, the distribution of which EU experts blamed Pro-Kremlin forces.
According to the author, every week the European external action service (EEAS) publishes Disinformation Review (review of fabricated news. — Approx. edition), which reported on newly detected cases of misinformation. A group of 11 experts from the EEAS is looking fabricated propaganda message from Moscow and a half years.
«Experts agree that the overwhelming number of fake news intended to improve the image of Russian leadership headed by Vladimir Putin, «writes the author.
«The main target of Russian propaganda now became Chancellor Merkel. Was there even information that Merkel is siding with Islamist terrorists and makes them self. The EEAS cooperates with the secret services of Germany. Experts believe that during the campaign for elections to the Bundestag (fall 2017) malicious misinformation will play a major role,» the article says.
«The European service of external relations Department Federica Mogherini concluded that cyber attacks and misinformation campaign emanating from Russia, are part of a deliberate state policy of the Kremlin, directed against the EU, its leaders and principles with the aim to split the European Union and European society», — the correspondent of Italian Il Foglio David Carretta.
«Despite the risk that the Russian state authorities and trolls can affect the results of democratic elections not only in Germany but in the Netherlands, France and the Czech Republic, the EU appears unarmed in the light of the propaganda war of Putin», — stated in the article.
East StratCom Task Force — structure of the European foreign Minister, called to fight about the Russian news, according to the author, «consists of only 11 employees, has no budget of its own and can communicate with the outside world only in English and Russian languages». Since the Kremlin sent millions of dollars to destabilize the EU, it is «a struggle between David and Goliath», they say in Brussels. «According to the foreign Ministry of the EU, fake news became part of the Russian military doctrine», — reported in the publication.
Referring to a source in Brussels, Il Foglio writes that «misinformation can have a significant impact on public opinion and reflect on how they might vote in a European electorate.»
«With modest means (website and newsletter), East StratCom Task Force puts limited purpose: to try to «inoculate» the Europeans against false news,» the article says.
«Neither cyber attacks, nor attempt to influence the policy of countries-members of EU are not included in the set of actions of this structure. To create protection from cyber-attacks Putin on foreign and domestic front needs NATO and national governments,» — concludes the author.
The 9th international forum on cyber security was opened on Tuesday in France. After hacker attacks and «leaks» that marked the American elections, threats on the state level cause the biggest concerns, informs the journalist of Libération, Amaal Giton.
Russia, accused by the U.S. of launching cyber attacks on e-mail of the National Committee of the US Democratic party and the head of the election headquarters of Hillary Clinton, John Podestàwere rarely mentioned at the opening of the forum, the article says. However, done transparent hints: the Commissioner for the Union of the security of the EU, Briton Julian king said on «hybrid threats» and «desire to manipulate public opinion», the Minister of internal Affairs of France Bruno Le Roux emphasized that «information systems regularly become the object of attacks coming from criminal organizations and even foreign States.»
Always extremely cautious on the issue of liability for cyber attacks , Guillaume Poupard, head of the National security Agency information systems (Anssi), noted that «the use of cyber attacks by States» and the actions «of certain structures, politically minded at the purpose of influence,» of course, we should not downplay the correspondent.
«The Commissioner and the Minister of internal Affairs also reminded of the message encryption, and data, where the authorities on both sides of the Atlantic regularly sees a hindrance to antiterrorist struggle,» the article says. Minister Lou Roux said that he wants to «ensure the reliability» of encryption and «to maintain a balance between respect for private life and to the needs of service investigations».
«The participation of the Minister of internal Affairs in the FIC has also become a convenient excuse to mention that administrative measures (without trial) to block websites and remove links in search engines has increased significantly in 2016. (…) This applies to the glorification of terrorism, and pornography,» reports Giton.
The FBI is investigating a cyber attack on the us Sundance film festival, which this weekend was crippled cash system of the festival, the journalist reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The representative of the «Sundance», said: «At the moment we have no reason to believe that the target of a cyber attack there was a specific film». However, «one of the producers participating in the festival, which criticized the Russian government, believes that his film could play a role», — the author.
«There is an opinion that our picture could provoke revenge, said Doug Blush, a consulting producer of the documentary film «Icarus» about Dr. Rodchenkova, expose the Russian system of state support of doping. The film creates an unflattering portrait of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.»
Siegel reports that the outrage in the Russian government could cause another film participating in the festival: Cries From Syria («Laments of Syria»), directed by Evgeny Afineevsky. In this picture — one of several documentaries about the Syrian civil war — have been criticized Putin and the intervention of the Russian army in what is happening in Syria.
Of course, not only the Russian had a reason to hack the festival, recognizes a journalist. The New Radical about cyberbunny groups, like Anonymous, might anger any of them, and Zero Days of Yasmina Alata about Iranian nuclear facility affected by a computer virus Stuxnet, capable of angering everyone from Iran to the U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Picture Joshua: Teenageer Vs. Superpower Joe Piscatella could not like in China.
Also on the topic:
Russian hackers suspected of hacking into the website of the Democratic party of Wisconsin (USA Today)
«Act of truth» will be obliged to tell students in California about the alleged Russian interference in the elections (The Washington Times)
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