— a weekly collection of reporting and research on disinformation —
By Kaleigh Rogers
Nov. 12, 2020
It started with a drizzle but quickly turned into a downpour: Disinformation about the election, and in particular unfounded claims of election fraud, has flooded the internet over the past week. And Americans were primed to believe it . . .
By Lawrence Norden and Gowri Ramachandran
Nov. 12, 2020 2:34 PM
We have made it through Election Day (or month) without signs of a significant cyberattack on our voting systems. That nightmare scenario had been at the forefront of election security experts’ minds ever since operatives connected to the Russian government targeted our election infrastructure in 2016. Election officials, federal agencies, security experts, and private vendors spent the next four years working to prevent or minimize the impact of such an attack: . . .
Here are urgent lessons from the year’s most-spread false themes — and the ones going viral right now.
By Peter W. Singer
Nov. 5, 2020
We can’t fully understand the 2020 election and its current aftermath without understanding how misinformation flowed — and continues to flow — through the body politic. So what does the hard data tell us about the online information warfare that targeted American voters?
The 2020 election was the biggest test yet of a new approach of pre-emptive action against adversaries trying to hack election infrastructure or wage disinformation campaigns.
By David E. Sanger and Julian E. Barnes
Nov. 9, 2020
From its sprawling new war room inside Fort Meade, not far from Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland, United States Cyber Command dived deep into Russian and Iranian networks in the months before the election, temporarily paralyzing some and knocking ransomware tools offline . . . .