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DFRLab Nonresident Fellow Konstantinos Komaitis speaking at an event.
February 2024

Statement of Konstantinos Komaitis to the United Nations on the Global Digital Compact

by Konstantinos Komaitis

Delivered before the United Nations on the topic of the Global Digital Compact, addressing successes and lessons learned
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February 2024

The 5×5—Alumni perspectives on Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

by Nitansha Bansal, Isabella Wright

Alumni of Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge share their experiences, and discuss the impact of such simulated exercises to prepare for real life cyber attacks.
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A man holds a Russian flag an orange and black "Z" symbol during the annual Immortal Regiment march in Moscow on Victory Day, May 9, 2022. The websites investigated in this report used the same version of the Z symbol in their online promotional materials. (Source: STR/NurPhoto via Reuters Connect)
February 2024

Pro-Russia network spreads propaganda and disinfo in Latin America

by Beatriz Farrugia

Multi-platform operation amplifying Kremlin-aligned narratives published content in Portuguese and Spanish
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February 2024

Arms sale claim heightened tensions ahead of 2023 Armenia-Azerbaijan peace talks

by Ani Mejlumyan, Valentin Châtelet

Online narratives claimed Iran or Russia might exploit French weapons that were allegedly bound for Armenia
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February 2024

French prime minister faces onslaught of online attacks

by Valentin Châtelet

Investment scam promoted via Meta Ads, AI-fueled smear campaigns on X, and a Russian-led disinformation operation, and ignite a social media frenzy around Gabriel Attal
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February 2024

US celebrities unwittingly recruited to undermine Moldova’s president

by Victoria Olari

Pro-Russian propagandists solicited US celebrities on Cameo to record videos calling for the downfall of Moldovan President Maia Sandu
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An image of a GPU overlaid with a computer terminal showing the results of an nmap command, a network scan.
February 2024

Hacking with AI

by Maia Hamin, Stewart Scott

Can generative AI help hackers? By deconstructing the question into attack phases and actor profiles, this report analyzes the risks, the realities, and their implications for policy.
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Smartphone with the app from TikTok on the flags of the USA and China. (Source: Reuters)
February 2024

TikTok: Hate the Game, Not the Player

by Rose Jackson, Seth Stodder, Kenton Thibaut

How Strategic and Regulatory Confusion Around TikTok Prevent an Effective National Security Response
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UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City, September 19, 2018. (Source: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
February 2024

Suspicious accounts on X amplify allegations against UNRWA

by Dina Sadek, Digital Forensic Research Lab

More than 130 X accounts exhibiting hallmarks of inauthentic coordination targeted US politicians with messaging critical of the UN agency in Gaza
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December 2023

Russian War Report: Putin to run for re-election in annexed regions of Ukraine

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Central Election Commission confirmed the possibility of holding presidential elections in illegally annexed Ukrainian territories.
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November 2023

Russian War Report: Pro-Kremlin surrogates accuse the US of using ‘climate weapons’ in Crimea

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Following a severe storm in the Black Sea heavily impacted Crimea, pro-Kremlin sources circulated a conspiracy suggesting the US used a weather weapon.
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November 2023

Russian War Report: Desperate for recruits, Russia offers one million rubles to join its military

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Russian army is struggling to fund equipment and recruit as they host fundraisers and recruitment drives offering pledges of one million rubl
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November 2023

Russian War Report: Russia just lost the most troops in a single battle so far in 2023

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

In Ukriane, fighting over the strategically important town of Avdiivka has led to heavy Russian losses. In Armenia, Russian propaganda is targeting the Armenian government.
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