Weekly round-up of cognitive security-related articles from the Washington Post.
Russian disinformation campaign targets Syria’s beleaguered rescue workers
Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, December 18th, 2018
A Russian disinformation campaign has pushed Syria’s best-known civilian rescue group into the crosshairs of President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces, turning its volunteers into hunted prey, according to a team of open-source researchers and the organization itself.
Social media in crisis: After Senate reports, Facebook vows improvements, NAACP leads protest, Trump attacks
Hamza Shaban and Taylor Telford, Washington Post, December 18th, 2018
Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday were under attack from an array of critics, including the president and civil rights leaders, triggered by revelations from two reports on the long Russian social media campaign to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
Kremlin denies roiling US politics through social media
Associated Press, Washington Post, December 18th, 2018
The Kremlin has rejected as baseless reports about a Russian political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media.
Key takeaways from new reports on Russian disinformation
Matt O’Brien and Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press, Washington Post, December 17th, 2018
Russians seeking to influence U.S. elections through social media had their eyes on Instagram and the black community.
New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep
Craig Timberg and Tony Romm, Washington Post, December 17th, 2018A report prepared for the Senate that provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election found the operation used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect President Trump — and worked even harder to support him while in office.
China’s hybrid warfare against Taiwan
David Ignatius, Opinion, Washington Post
As Taiwanese military experts describe how their forces could punish a Chinese invasion of the island, they might almost be describing D-Day in 1944: amphibious landings, fighter planes dueling for air supremacy, and tank battles for control of the capital.
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