Times of India: Army warns officials against 150 fake social media profiles who target personnel for sensitive info

Times of India: Army warns officials against 150 fake social media profiles who target personnel for sensitive info. “The Army has cautioned its officials against 150 fake social media profiles that are being used by adversaries for honey trapping in order to extract sensitive information, sources said on Thursday.”

Political Astroturfing on Twitter: How to Coordinate a Disinformation Campaign (Illinois IDEALS)

Illinois IDEALS: Political Astroturfing on Twitter: How to Coordinate a Disinformation Campaign. “Political astroturfing, a centrally coordinated disinformation campaign in which participants pretend to be ordinary citizens acting independently, has the potential to influence electoral outcomes and other forms of political behavior. Yet, it is hard to evaluate the scope and effectiveness of political astroturfing without ‘ground truth’ information, such as the verified identity of its agents and instigators. In this paper, we study the South Korean National Information Service’s (NIS) disinformation campaign during the presidential election in 2012, taking advantage of a list of campaign accounts published in court proceedings.”

Lifehacker: How to Create a Lurker Twitter Account Like Mitt Romney’s

Lifehacker: How to Create a Lurker Twitter Account Like Mitt Romney’s. “If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably heard about Senator Mitt Romney’s secret Twitter account, in which he called himself ‘Pierre Delecto’ and kept track of his kids as well as journalists, political associates, and a handful of celebrities. If your response to Romney’s fifteen extra minutes of fame was “Huh, I could use an account like that,” here’s how you set it up.”

BuzzFeed News: Political Operatives Are Faking Voter Outrage With Millions Of Made-Up Comments To Benefit The Rich And Powerful

BuzzFeed News: Political Operatives Are Faking Voter Outrage With Millions Of Made-Up Comments To Benefit The Rich And Powerful. “A BuzzFeed News investigation — based on an analysis of millions of comments, along with court records, business filings, and interviews with dozens of people — offers a window into how a crucial democratic process was skewed by one of the most prolific uses of political impersonation in US history. In a key part of the puzzle, two little-known firms, Media Bridge and LCX Digital, working on behalf of industry group Broadband for America, misappropriated names and personal information as part of a bid to submit more than 1.5 million statements favorable to their cause.”

Interesting Engineering: A Database of 100,000 AI Generated Faces Is Changing the Way We Think about Stock Photos

Interesting Engineering: A Database of 100,000 AI Generated Faces Is Changing the Way We Think about Stock Photos. “Artificial intelligence can now give you a quality stock photo of a model… that does not exist. That’s right, AI can now generate imaginary faces for your next project. Dubbed Generated Photos, the collection of faces was created by Konstantin Zhabinskiy and his team.”

AP: US plans for fake social media run afoul of Facebook rules

AP: US plans for fake social media run afoul of Facebook rules. “Facebook said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be violating the company’s rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country.”