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SafeGuard Cyber Releases Detailed Investigation into Russian Twitter Bot Behavior and Tactics for Influence and Disinformation Campaigns

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SafeGuard Cyber Releases Detailed Investigation into Russian Twitter Bot Behavior and Tactics for Influence and Disinformation Campaigns

Company maintains database of more than 320,000 bots and has built capability to identify bad actors on social media

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- SafeGuard Cyber, the leading end-to-end platform for social media and digital risk defense, today announced the release of its detailed investigation, "How Russian Twitter Bots Weaponize Social Media to Influence and Disinform."

The report focuses on a study of Russian Twitter bot behavior and tactics, based on an exhaustive analysis of a database the company maintains containing over 320,000 known bots. The study provides an analysis of how bots are deployed to reshape public perception, operating within clearly defined topic categories and leveraging or hijacking hashtags to inject content into target conversations.

"This study illustrates the true scope of today's information warfare," said President and CTO Otavio Freire. "These bad actors are using social media to effectively hack the public's mind and manipulate reality." During the course of its study, SafeGuard Cyber engineered capabilities to proactively detect and identify bad actors on Twitter and other social channels, using advanced machine learning that examines many aspects of bot behavior, content, meta data, and a growing number of risk signatures.

"State-sponsored operations prove out the need for this capability," said CEO Jim Zuffoletti. "At present these campaigns are based on geopolitical goals, but bots can similarly be used by states or other entities to attack private enterprise, launch social engineering efforts on employees, or inflict damage on brand equity."

The risk landscape has escalated to proportions where legacy security tools aren't effective or dynamic enough to stop threats across social media and digital channels – all of which lie outside the traditional cybersecurity perimeter. The report is available on the company's website.

About SafeGuard Cyber

SafeGuard Cyber's platform provides a single solution to detect, prevent, and defend against threats in social media and digital channels – while automating governance and compliance. Customers and partners include Johnson & Johnson, McAfee and other leading brands across 18 industries and 20 countries.

For more information, please visit https://www.safeguardcyber.com

 

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