At the root of the crackdown on Saudi dissent that ultimately cost the life of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a fierce battle for control of information and public narrative about the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its enemies. This sometimes-lethal battle for information supremacy is to a large degree playing out inside the United States, via […]
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Last Friday, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner called for a national cyber-policy overhaul, warning that cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns are being waged successfully against the U.S. “The true cost of our cyber vulnerabilities and the cost of those attacks won’t come with a single event, they will be gradual and accumulating,” Sen. […]
The recent dramatic arrest in Canada of a top executive at the Chinese technology giant Huawei has sent stock markets plummeting and cast doubt on a recent U.S.-China trade truce. Reports say Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO and the daughter of the company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, is facing extradition to the U.S. on the suspicion that […]
What motivates us at CAFI? Why have taken up the fight against foreign interference? This video gives you a quick introduction to the cause and why it’s so important, in under two minutes. Please watch and share.
At a bipartisan event on Tuesday that included Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), the Alliance for Securing Democracy launched its Authoritarian Interference Tracker. The new tool will help expose the Kremlin’s online interference and help the public to better understand the threat. Noted Johnson, “Our first line of defense is exposure. We […]
Russia may not have compromised the midterms, but that wasn’t from a lack of trying. On Sunday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried again to “muck around in our elections last month, and we are seeing a continuing effort along these lines.” This was the first time a senior government […]
A new report by China specialists, who long supported engagement, warns of Beijing’s efforts to influence American society. While the report makes clear its belief that China has not interfered directly in national elections in the U.S., it presents a strong case that China has attempted to exert influence through American corporations, university funding, and […]
The 2018 midterms are over, but Putin and the Russian hackers haven’t taken any time off from sowing discord. According to analysts, there’s been a resurgence since Election Day in Russian spearfishing attacks against U.S. government institutions, media outlets, and think tanks. In one instance, Russian hackers impersonated a State Department spokesperson over email, sending […]
It is a classic Russian move to force a confrontation by accusing the other side of what they are in fact guilty of. This latest crisis began when when Russia accused Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its waters. You remember the invasion of Crimea back in March 2014… So who is illegally entering whose territory here? […]
We already know that the Russians and Chinese are up to no good regarding our elections, and now Iran is in on the act. That’s the word from Wired magazine, which reports that it’s been a successful change in strategy from the earlier approach taken by Iran. Instead of focusing on domestic Iranian politics, the […]