Fake news in social networks can lead to acts of terrorism

Posted: October 16, 2012 in IT Security News
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Cisco logoThe situation is complicated by the fact that legitimate media increasingly rely on information that is published on social networks.

Representatives of the company Cisco warn users about fake news, which often spread through social networks. Often spread false information that are passed off as genuine, so crooks manipulate information, which is published in the media.

Cisco analyst Jean Gordon Kocienda proposed a scenario in which a terrorist group can use misinformation in social networks to spread fear among the people and guide people to places which would later be attacked.

The situation is complicated by the fact that legitimate media increasingly rely on information that is published on social networks.

“The first safeguard against falling for fabricated stories is to confirm the story across multiple sources … If the story seems far-fetched, think twice before repeating or citing it,” – says Kocienda in his blog.

False and fake news reports are often used to launch attacks. Malware authors often resorted to using them for attacks on certain websites. According to the expert, terrorists can easily use Twitter to create traffic jams or reboot the phone line, and send people to places of terrorist acts.

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