Disinfo: Britain is preparing for offensive cyber warfare with Russia

Summary

Britain prepares for an offensive cyber warfare with Russia. In the UK, 40,000 new jobs will be created, including in the area of ​​cybersecurity. They will engage in hacking and troll attacks, shaping public opinion in other countries.

The main thing is to influence the enemy (Russia, Iran, and China). Farce, forgery, misinformation, provocations, coordination of raids by robots and trolls – we saw it all perfectly in the example of the Belarusian events, when faceless and nameless “Belarusians” (with Polish, Ukrainian and Baltic States’ passports) directed thousands of abusive messages to de-anonymised security officials. [We saw] waves of “disinformation” about “the regime crimes”. While all of this didn’t help to bring the next Colour Revolution to fruition, it showed the awe-inspiring scope of the possibilities of this kind of “invasion.” If 40 THOUSAND new posts are created for this kind of “specialists”, and each will manage 10-20 accounts – that’s a huge army that can form an imitation of any “public opinion” needed! Indeed, it is potentially the most powerful destabilising factor globally.

Disproof

Disinformation message against the UK implying it manages troll factories to manipulate public opinion.

On Thursday 19 November 2020, UK PM Boris Johnson announced to parliament the biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War.

Our warships and combat vehicles will carry “directed energy weapons”, destroying targets with inexhaustible lasers and for them the phrase “out of ammunition” will become redundant. Nations are racing to master this new doctrine of warfare and our investment is designed to place Britain among the winners. The returns will go far beyond our Armed Forces.

From aerospace to autonomous vehicles, these technologies have a vast array of civilian applications, opening up new vistas of economic progress, creating 10,000 jobs every year – 40,000 in total - levelling up across our country and reinforcing our Union.

The total amount of 40,000 new jobs will be in various technological fields and not only IT.

General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the defence staff, explains members of the army’s 77th Brigade are “helping to quash rumours about misinformation, but also to counter disinformation”. This defence initiative is taken in the context of “political warfare” aggressively undertaken by Beijing as well as Moscow “designed to undermine cohesion” across the West.

The UK however doesn't operate an organisation comparable to the Internet Research Agency in Saint Petersburg.

See related stories the Internet research Agency, indicted in US for election meddling, does not exist

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian, French
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Cyber, Encircling Russia, Trolls, Russophobia

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The myth that victory in the WWII is the merit of the US

Rossia Segodnia (Russia Today) organized an international scientific-practical forum entitled “Nuremberg Lessons” in Moscow. The main topic of discussion was why so many fakes appeared in modern society about World War II and if it is realistic to resist them. The fact is that the publications that distort history and undermine the contribution of Soviet soldiers to the victory over Nazism are mostly published on social networks, which are very difficult to control.

Attempts at falsification, rumours that the US had won the war, had appeared before, but there was less insolence at that time. At least, it used to be said that the USSR and the US were allies, that the biggest losses were on the Eastern Front. Now Soviet soldiers are increasingly referred to as occupiers, and Americans seem to have come to Germany with chocolates.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on World War II and historical revisionism, accusing the West of rewriting history and trying to deprive Russia of its glorious victory over Nazi Germany. The claim about the attempted revision of the results of the Nuremberg trials, is speculative with no evidence provided. This disinformation narrative baselessly accuses Western countries of rewriting history.

Western historians acknowledge the role played by the USSR in defeating Nazism and do not question the Soviet contribution to the victory in WWII and the status of the USSR as a country which had won in WWII.

Ukrainian lawmaker says Crimea is booming, better off under Russian control

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The parliamentarian suggested that people were used to politicians in Kiev not playing a role in their life, saying “in the 30 years before, nothing had been done. When we don’t make any progress, we stand still.”

By contrast, she added, since the peninsula began to be administered by Russia, significant building works had been begun in cities such as Simferopol. The lawmaker’s admission is all the more extraordinary given that she had been a resident of Simferopol until 2014, and she added that “Russia is building a lot. I saw a video of the place where I lived, I just did not recognize it at all … there are already high-rise buildings, and highways have been built there.”

Disproof

The story advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Crimea through cherry-picking several isolated sentences from a much longer TV appearance by Ukrainian People's Deputy Yelizaveta Bohutska.

The lawmaker certainly does not characterise the economic situation in Crimea as "booming," nor does she suggest that Russian occupation of the peninsula has produced an overall improvement in people's lives there. Bohutska prefaces her remarks with a statement which RT handily omitted from the story. In reference to recent comments by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, she says that “the press secretary of a president who occupies my homeland is telling me that my hatred for them is only temporary and will soon pass, but how soon this will happen depends on them. It depends on how soon they give me back my home, which is illegally occupied by Russians” (01:23-01:45). Read in this context, Bohutska’s remarks are anything but an endorsement of Russia’s illegal presence in Crimea.

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Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

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