Disinformation is the Latest Exploding Cybersecurity Threat

We have all seen the cornerback in American football beaten by a wide receiver, or the defender in soccer, (football to the rest of the world), left flat-footed as Renaldo or Messi blasts past them toward the goal. We can all fall victim to a good head fake and find ourselves wondering how we just got scored on! Unfortunately, the same thing can happen to our businesses in general and more specifically to our cybersecurity teams. The recent election here in the U.S. and much of the run-up to it has brought the…


“The Great Awakening” Worldwide

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In mid-May 2020 Blackbird.AI noted a sharp upswing in the manipulation of #WWG1WGA_WORLDWIDE and #WWG1WGA_GLOBAL hashtags on Twitter — an acronym for the rallying cry of ‘Where We Go One, We Go All’ used by followers of the QAnon internet conspiracy theory.

First surfacing online in 2018, QAnon’s core tenets — for which no proof exists — propose that a secretive deep-state of Democratic politicians and Hollywood celebrities embroiled in a global cannibalistic, Satanic pedophilia ring controls the world order. …


The COVID-19 Infodemic has just begun.

In these polarizing times, the COVID-19 virus does not immediately provide a political figure or nation-state to blame. There are no armies or insurgents to go to war with, and no governments to sanction. In a matter of months, the entire world has been brought to its knees through the mounting stress on our healthcare systems, curtailments on free movement, and rising death tolls. Unfortunately, this is also a moment in which unscrupulous actors have stepped out from the shadows, offering promises of safety, security and reason. …


Political Propaganda was only the beginning…

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You may be familiar with disinformation as it relates to politics, but in today’s arena, the kinds of attacks involving disinformation go well beyond left versus right. When it comes to the United States, attacking the heart of profitable businesses is one of the critical areas of focus to wreak havoc on the country. Digital brand manipulation in the minds of the American people creates suspicion and doubt in the brands and companies they support and love.

What better way to add to the destruction of a country driven by free markets and…


Online Communities of Hate: The New Global Terrorism

In a matter of a few short years, a small group of toxic individuals began campaigns to spread misinformation to such a degree that it has caused division and discord around the world. Through the use of manipulation tactics, these individuals have catered to everyone from top influencers to media events. They no longer remain hidden in the dark, but now feel empowered to enter the mainstream to sow conspiracy theories and propaganda. What began as a slow-moving ooze of lies has escalated to a tsunami that has overtaken conversations and philosophies…


2019 is the year we finally realized that our Silicon Valley heroes can’t save us.

Too Big to Fight Misinformation

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

- George Orwell

Social media giants, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, were well-aware of misinformation and lies that were being spread across their platforms. Their business models were built upon profit with unfettered abilities, and the sheer volume of engagement was making them billions in ad revenue. It’s pretty fair to say that this behavior would have continued were it not for public and government…


Is the “CDiO”, the next hot position in the cybersecurity sector?

Misinfo-Ops: Next Generation Cybersecurity

As we see the continued spread of misinformation, it becomes blatantly apparent that the landscape is spreading from social media and questionable websites to every aspect of our lives on a global perspective. When false information encroaches on areas that involve decision making, elections, and advancement or fail of businesses, it becomes a cybersecurity issue. If we cannot depend upon the data that we receive, it will only be a short time before we witness the fall of corporations and economies. …


The alt-right shattered one of Earth’s most peaceful countries.

No one can hide, not even the second most peaceful nation in the world: New Zealand. Filled with loving people of good heart and landscapes that are so beautiful that they take your breath away, New Zealand is the image of the very best of what humanity can be. However, the evil of the alt-right has found them, and in all of its horror, it gleefully slaughtered 49 Muslim worshippers in the name of white supremacy. While the universe of the people of New Zealand is turned upside down, we see…


Confirmation Bias gives us a feel-good feedback loop. To change the system, we have to challenge it.

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Part of the evolutionary success of human beings has been based on the ability to recognize, learn, make changes, and grow. As much as we would like to consider ourselves as independent thinkers, the way that we form opinions has more to do with our tribal upbringing and environment than anything else. When discussing both confirmation bias and filter bubbles, we are dealing with a blend of ancient survival skills combined with the sophistication of the human mind.

The concept of confirmation bias assists us in the reinforcement of what we already know so that we can quickly make decisions…

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