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The Future of War: Not Nukes but Newsjacking

By IGI Global on Oct 12, 2017
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A country divided. It is not because of political protests, nukes or gender… it is because of Twitter. Recently, in America, the Russian government has been in headlines and many are reporting “Red Scare-like” stories of Russia using social media to infiltrate American society.

From #BlackLivesMatter to the NFL anthem protests, hashtags and social media advertisements are being drawn back to Russia and recently, Twitter reported how Russian linked accounts bought $270,000 in advertisements during the 2016 election. Additionally, CNN reports that a campaign titled “Blacktivist” is linked to the country and the hashtag #takeaknee has been particularly active in the geographic region.

Now congressional investigators are looking into Russia’s use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels to understand exactly what is happening. Many are pointing to the fact that they are using social media to cause upheaval. One thing is for sure, with the increase of technology and communication channels, it’s now as easy as a click of a button, to influence society. Every day, countries are attacked from a cyber-front, whether it is a hacker breaking through a firewall or someone behind a social media account, no one is safe.

Professors Aki-Mauri Huhtinen, Arto Hirvelä and Tommi Kangasmaa from the National Defence University in Helsinki, Finland speak on the new channels of cybersecurity strategy and study how government influences people’s opinions through cyberspace. Their examination of Finland’s Cyber Security Strategy offers insight into how nations can safeguard information against different threat and risk scenarios.

To learn more about the threat of cyber warfare, access “The Opportunities of National Cyber Strategy and Social Media in the Rhizome Networks” for free.

This article is also featured in the International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT) which publishes original innovative findings on ethical, political, legal, and social issues relating to security and cybernetic wars. This journal focuses on cyber warfare and terrorism using examples from around the world. IJCWT covers technical aspects, management issues, social issues, and government issues that relate to cyber warfare and terrorism.

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