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An Analysis of the Social-Media Technology, Tactics, and Narratives Used to Control Perception in the Propaganda War over Ukraine

Abstract:

Framed by the historic 2013-2015 conflict in Ukraine—widely described by Western media as a ‘Cold-War’-style clash between the Russian Federation and the United States/NATO alliance—this qualitative case study examines how social media was used as a platform for propaganda warfare waged by clandestine bloggers and special operations commandos (known as trolls) deployed worldwide by state and non-state actors, and digitally linked and informed by data-mining, to manipulate public perceptions of the events by controlling an element of rhetoric known as narratives.

A Preliminary Investigation into Malware Propagation on Australian ISP Networks using the mwcollect Malware Collector Daemon

ABSTRACT

This paper describes an initial investigation into the propagation of malicious software (malware) that allows for remote command and control of Internet connected machines using the Windows platform in the Australian ISP address space. The research as conducted utilised the mwcollect daemon which is a low interaction honeypot on the Linux platform, to collect the details about the activity. The program mwcollect works by emulation of vulnerable services on the target platform in this case Windows based computers. There were two collectors within the pilot collection system. The machines were running no other Internet services such as http or mail, and were not used by any person - they were simply connected to the Internet. The machines are located on two separate ISP networks and they both utilised high-speed ADSL connections connected to different segments of the Australian ISP network.

Identity Theft the Next Generation of Fraud– How well are the Irish Protecting Themselves?

ABSTRACT

There have always been impostors who have pretended to be someone else for the purposes of theft or some other unlawful act. However with the increased use of information and communication technology (ICT) identify theft, the new way of talking about impostors, has enormously increased.  Identity theft is facilitated by the ubiquitous availability of the Internet and by the increasing tendency to store personal information digitally. As a result cyber crime has been growing rapidly and identity theft has become one of the fastest growing cyber crimes.  Combating this type of crime is not trivial and consumers, businesses, and governments need to take preventative measures to limit their potential exposure to this.  This paper focuses on consumer awareness of identity theft. The study uses an exploratory approach of measuring the self-reported behaviour of undergraduate students from different disciplines and age cohorts. These students were exposed to a number of identity theft preventative activities that were suggested by the US Federal Trade Commission.  The results are compared to a similar study carried in 2001 out by George R.M Milne.  Based on these findings, suggestions are made for improving consumer awareness of these crimes and future research is recommended.

Cyberspace from the Hybrid Threat Perspective

ABSTRACT

Hybrid threats use conventional and unconventional means to achieve their goals. This paper explores the cyber threats as one possible aspect of hybrid threats. It describes three ways of approaching cyberspace (operations) from the hybrid threats perspective: supporting conventional operations, exploiting non-military systems, and exploring the opportunities provided by this environment. In particular, it highlights the aspects that are or likely will be relevant to the military community.

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