Tactics, Threats & Targets: Modeling Disinformation and its Mitigation

Shujaat Mirza, Labeeba Begum, Liang Niu, Sarah Pardo, Azza Abouzied, Paolo Papotti, Christina Poepper

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Abstract

—Disinformation can be used to sway public opinion toward a certain political or economic direction, adversely impact public health, and mobilize groups to engage in violent disobedience. A major challenge in mitigation is scarcity: disinformation is widespread but its mitigators are few. In this work, we interview fact-checkers, journalists, trust and safety specialists, researchers, and analysts who work in different organizations tackling problematic information across the world. From this interview study, we develop an understanding of the reality of combating disinformation across domains, and we use our findings to derive a cybersecurity-inspired framework to characterize the threat of disinformation. While related work has developed similar frameworks for conducting analyses and assessment, our work is distinct in providing the means to thoroughly consider the attacker side, their tactics and approaches. We demonstrate the applicability of our framework on several examples of recent disinformation campaigns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication30th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, NDSS 2023
PublisherThe Internet Society
ISBN (Electronic)1891562835, 9781891562839
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event30th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, NDSS 2023 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Feb 27 2023Mar 3 2023

Publication series

Name30th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, NDSS 2023

Conference

Conference30th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, NDSS 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period2/27/233/3/23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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