This article originally appeared in Journal of Cyber Policy on October 7, 2019.
Insikt Group analyzed threat actors offering disinformation as a service on underground forums to understand how disinformation is used by cybercriminals.
Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust says, “What is most disturbing about the widening application of disinformation campaigns is that some publications are picking up fraudulent content as news. Such campaigns will not only smear the companies being targeted, but also tarnish the publications that feature the content. Public trust in the media will continue to slide if digital publishers fail to carefully vet buyers and their content. This trend is not only bad for the businesses under attack, it brings into question the future of the media as a reliable source of news.”