Fake news — we’ve all heard about it, but sometimes we struggle to grasp the extent of its impact. With more people moving online and social media becoming the go-to news source, and with a good chunk of what is put on social media being fake, the reader must determine whether information is true or not. When people believe everything they read, the world becomes an unpredictable place.
In the past, we could easily choose which news source to follow and have a high level of confidence about its accuracy. Today, however, with news arriving to us in a social media feed, both trusted and fake news sources are merged together — and the consumer must decide whether or not to believe the news. With no clear indication of the truth or the source of news on social media, many countries, democracies, and nation-states will struggle with transparency and could become politically instable. It only takes one fake news story within a trustworthy source to devalue an entire news feed, forcing us to question what is real and what is not. To put it bluntly, fake news is a form of cyberattack and will only grow significantly in 2018 and beyond.
Read more about why Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic, thinks that in the way it undercuts trust, fake news is a form of cyberattack, and how governments can work to stop it, on DarkReading.