Ayatollah Khomeini’s ‘soft war’ hits the Indian hinterland – Part II

On January 31, 2019, Twitter released the second dataset on the ongoing cyber-enabled influence operations targeting various nations, including India.

It led me to write this Part II of my earlier report on the Iranian disinformation campaign which weaponised prevailing political polarisation in India. The Part I is here: Planet-scale influence operation strikes at the heart of polarised Indian polity.

TL;DR: In this piece, I will arrive at certain definitive conclusions on the actors’ intent as well as directly attribute parts of the operation to a soft war/propaganda arm of the Iranian government. This is not an attempt at domestic sabotage but a desperate bid to propagate a counter-narrative — as Iran feels suffocated by the Western media’s discourse, portraying it in a uni-dimensional way.

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CIS’s Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure paper is a load of bull

I’m breaking two of my own rules for this post: I’m getting a wee bit personal and expressing outrage. For talk is cheap and outrage comes wholesale over the net.

The Centre for Internet & Society has just released the policy brief, “Leveraging the Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure Process to Improve the State of Information Security in India.”

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The most radical event on cyber-enabled information warfare, ever

So, the think tank SOFWERX is backed by the US Special Operations Command. It organised, what could possibly be, the best event on cyber-enabled information warfare, influence operations and disinformation, ever — Radical Speaker Series: Countering Weaponized Information. It’s amazing that tacticians of the USSOCOM are thinking at that level!

I documented most of the conference videos in a Twitter thread, which is pasted below as a single article.👇 Also, here’s the Thread Reader link of the same coalesced thread.

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