by Ed Cabrera
As we predicted in 2016, cyberpropaganda is a major growth area for cybercriminals. Per that prediction, “The rise in the Internet penetration has opened the opportunity for invested parties to use the Internet as a free-for-all tool to influence public opinion to go one way or another.” Today, we know this through Wikileaks and self-proclaimed fake news websites.
Reputation is critical to organizations and individuals in our world today. Whether information is true or not sadly doesn’t matter. The reality is – once information is out there, the opinion of the general public is automatically impacted. This gives fake news a great deal of power in both political and business situations, as it can heavily impact the reputation of the targeted group or organization. And we’ve seen it in action – with cyberpropaganda campaigns attempting to sway public opinion surrounding elections in 2016 and 2017, as well as against World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and other organizations.
Protecting against it
Trend Micro’s latest report, “The Fake News Machine,” provides in depth analysis of how this works, and how cybercriminals have capitalized on this huge growth area. Researchers Lion