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GRU Operators Leveraged Blogs, Social Media Accounts and Private Messaging to Reach Audiences Across Europe

Thisreportismostfocusedonpublicpostsmadebythesedifferentaccounts,butitalsodemonstratesthattheseaccountsengagedand,sometimes,entrappedusersviaprivatemessaging.Theuseofdirectmessagesandemailstoapproachjournalistsandpoliticalfigureshasfeaturedasavectorofseveralformer​information​operations​.Itappearstousas important and critically understudied. Continue reading

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Comparison of 2020 and 2021
Stop AAPI Hate received reports of 3,292 incidents that occurred in 2020. This total is higher than our previously reported number of 2,808 because additional 2020 incidents were reported retroactively in 2021. Stop AAPI Hate received reports of 503 incidents that occured in 2021. Continue reading

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Warren Wyden DeSaulnie to Venntel re Mobile Phone Location Data

With Americans installing contact-tracing apps as part of the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, it has become increasingly important to make sure that the American public has a full understanding of who is collecting their location data, how it may be provided to the government, and what the government is doing with it. Continue reading

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In Praise of Hawala By J. Orlin Grabbe

A typical hawala transaction in Dubai, here on the shore of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, might go like this. Iqbal, a Pakistani working in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, gets paid in cash, in UAE Continue reading

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Russia Threatens To Fine Social Media Giants For Not Deleting Protest-related Posts

“Social networks Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, as well as YouTube video hosting will be fined for failure to comply with the requirements to suppress the spread of appeals to minors to participate in unauthorized rallies on January 23,” said Russia media watchdog. Continue reading

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How the Kremlin Cracked Down on Online Promotion for The Protests

According to a report from Roskomnadzor, TikTok has deleted 38% of its content with videos about Saturday’s protest, while YouTube and Russian social media site VKontakte has removed half of their content calling on minors to join the rallies and Facebook-owned Instagram 17%. Continue reading

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Turkish Islamists Call for the Islamization of America

“The world, especially America, needs Ottoman, Turkish and Islamic knowledge and wisdom” — and according to the Islamic scholar, “the Islamic world is not contributing to the Islamization of America.” He argues, “there’s only one thing America needs, and that’s Islam.” Continue reading

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Syria thread – Erdoğan edition

As long as Erdogan maintains good relations with Assad and Putin, YPG will no longer bother him. If, however, relations sour then he can even expect a repeat of the 90s, Continue reading

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Pixlr: Two Million User Data Leaked On The Dark Web

The massive data breach has been caused by a hacker who calls himself ShinyHunters. The breached data has been released on the dark web forum named “January 17th”. It has yet not been known how exactly the hacker has gained access to such a considerable amount of data from Pixlr Continue reading

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Afghan forces expose Chinese intelligence network, arrest 10 spies with explosives, drugs

Afghan forces expose Chinese intelligence network, arrest 10 spies with explosives, drugs. Continue reading

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