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10 07 2019 10:11:38

Fighting ...˜fake news' online: How soldiers in Latvia got fooled by bots - EURACTIV.com

«When NATO's Centre for Strategic Communication in Riga discovered how easy it was to dupe its soldiers online, it has started looking for ways of countering false information, which comes, in large part, from Russia. EURACTIV's media partner der Tagesspiegel reports. The Latvian forest, not far from the Russian border. Thousands of soldiers from different NATO member states are training there to ensure continued military presence in Eastern Europe. But during manoeuvres that spanned several days, some soldiers who were winding down with their mobile phones stumbled across a well-done website claiming to be designed by and for soldiers. On there, the men chatted about the army, the weather and life in general. A few of them also ordered T-shirts on the site, for which they agreed to give their home address for delivery.» [...] «On Tinder, a popular dating app, some even communicated with a woman, sending pictures of themselves in uniform. One evening, two soldiers even arranged to meet the virtual woman. They both left their post for her, a move which proved to be a mistake. The website and the Tinder profile turned out to be a trap – a test carried out by a team of NATO experts on behalf of the Latvian army in the summer of 2018 to identify weaknesses in its own ranks. Soldiers were prompted to send their addresses, spread photos of a manoeuvre and even leave their posts, all with little effort. For NATO cyber experts, the experiment meant the same could happen anywhere. Who could rule out the possibility that soldiers might not even betray their positions or be blackmailed because of the information they spread online? The website for soldiers and the Tinder profile was tested by a group of men and women in a low-rise building in Riga, in NATO’s Centre for Strategic Communication, which is supported by Germany. Janis Sarts, who previously worked for the Latvian defence ministry, is now leading a group of 50 people in the NATO centre, which analyses disinformation campaigns, also called ‘Fake News’. According to Sarts, it is essential to develop strategies to win virtual battles that are often not recognised. With the test, the NATO cyber experts wanted to show what is possible with smartphones alone: “We want to shake things up,” he said. Virtual battle for ‘sovereignty of interpretation’ In years gone by, anyone who wanted to use propaganda and ‘muddy the waters’ within the enemy’s ranks had to print flyers, deceive journalists, or send their agents. Today, it only takes a few minutes to create a target group-specific profile in a popular online forum. People can frequently be misled online, usually for monetary reasons such as credit card fraud. Those days, what appears increasingly significant, however, is the virtual struggle for so-called ‘sovereignty of interpretation’, a notion which can be boiled down to one question: Whose narrative is true? In Latvia’s neighbouring country Lithuania, a rumour started spreading in 2017 via social media and chain e-mails that German soldiers who were part of NATO had raped a 17-year-old girl. Many suspect Russian sources were behind the rumour. Although Lithuania’s government made it clear that there was no such incident, the rumour persisted. “Deception and lies are spreading faster than ever before,” Sarts warned. According to him, “it’s about sensitising the population and governments to take a closer look”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is aware of the risks. The German military »...
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04 19 2019 11:22:40

Tchap, la messagerie securisee du gouvernement victime d'une faille de securite

«Un spécialiste en cybersécurité est parvenu à accéder à l'application Tchap sans y être autorisé. Le tout quelques heures à peine après son lancement. Il n'aura fallu que quelques heures pour que Tchap, la nouvelle application de messagerie sécurisée du gouvernement, montre sa première limite. Lancée ce 17 avril, Tchap est censé remplacer Telegram pour héberger les conversations sécurisées des membres du gouvernement et de leurs équipes. Sur le papier, une adresse mail de type @gouv.fr ou @elysee.fr est indispensable pour s'inscrire sur la plateforme. Sauf qu'un tour de passe-passe permettait à n'importe qui de profiter du service.»...
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09 21 2018 12:36:27

Les armes du gouvernement pour « reciviliser Internet »

«Le secrétaire d'Etat au numérique Mounir Mahjoubi a fait part sur France info de la nécessité de "reciviliser internet". Un rapport parlementaire a été remis au Premier ministre ce 20 septembre pour y parvenir. Sous pseudo ou à découvert, les discussions sur les réseaux sociaux virent bien souvent à la foire d'empoigne. Pour éviter les dérives haineuses, racistes et antisémites en ligne, Mounir Mahjoubi estime qu'il est grand temps de "reciviliser internet". Interviewé sur France Info ce 21 septembre, il a mis en parallèle la tournure de certaines discussions devenues selon lui banales en ligne avec une situation de la vie courante.»...
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