CNN: Russian election meddling is back — via Ghana and Nigeria — and in your feeds

CNN: Russian election meddling is back — via Ghana and Nigeria — and in your feeds. “The Russian trolls are back — and once again trying to poison the political atmosphere in the United States ahead of this year’s elections. But this time they are better disguised and more targeted, harder to identify and track. And they have found an unlikely home, far from Russia itself.”

CNN: Twitter botches fact-check of manipulated Biden video retweeted by Trump

CNN: Twitter botches fact-check of manipulated Biden video retweeted by Trump. “Twitter (TWTR) said it would take action against a misleading video of former Vice President Joe Biden that was retweeted by President Donald Trump, a major action that courted blowback from the White House. But then the social media company botched it.”

Just Security: A Model for Countering Foreign Disinformation and Interference in Elections

Just Security: A Model for Countering Foreign Disinformation and Interference in Elections. “The lessons from 9/11 are instructive and should be internalized in considering what an effective whole-of-government response might look like in the context of countering foreign disinformation and interference in elections.”

Wired: Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook’s Disinfo Defenses

Wired: Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook’s Disinfo Defenses. “Since Russia’s stunning influence operations during the 2016 United States presidential race, state and federal officials, researchers, and tech companies have been on high alert for a repeat performance. With the 2020 election now just seven months away, though, newly surfaced social media posts indicate that Russia’s Internet Research Agency is adapting its methods to circumvent those defenses.”

ProPublica: Some Election-Related Websites Still Run on Vulnerable Software Older Than Many High Schoolers

ProPublica: Some Election-Related Websites Still Run on Vulnerable Software Older Than Many High Schoolers. “A ProPublica investigation found that at least 50 election-related websites in counties and towns voting on Super Tuesday — accounting for nearly 2 million voters — were particularly vulnerable to cyberattack. The sites, where people can find out how to register to vote, where to cast ballots and who won the election, had security issues such as outdated software, poor encryption and systems encumbered with unneeded computer programs. None of the localities contacted by ProPublica said that their sites had been disrupted by cyberattacks.”

CNET: US officials in contact with TikTok over political disinformation

CNET: US officials in contact with TikTok over political disinformation. “To take on the next generation of disinformation, the US government has started reaching out to TikTok, senior government officials said on Tuesday. The Chinese-owned platform has grown increasingly popular in the US among teens, and has frequently been used for sharing political memes.”

The Root: A Clapback to Russian Trolls

The Root: A Clapback to Russian Trolls. “Just last week, new reports of interference emerged—this time showing Russia’s efforts to support both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the 2020 elections. The details of this most recent round of interference have not yet been released. Nevertheless, it is important to begin to consider how the black community and other communities of color may be targeted in the Kremlin’s new slew of disinformation campaigns.”