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Statement from the EDMO Taskforce about cybersecurity

On March 15, the European Digital Media Observatory website, along other EDMO hubs website, had been made unavailable as a probable consequence of malicious actions.

Cyberattacks including a disinformation component, which can mean targeting specifically organisations working on the topic or hack and leak operations have increased in the past years.

In the light of these events, the EDMO taskforce on Ukraine would like all stakeholders engaged in countering disinformation to be aware of this threat, and if possible to increase their cyber protection protocols. Since the beginning of March, at least 8 cyber attacks linked to the Ukraine war and targeting infrastructure, NGOs or media have been listed by the Cyberpeace institute.

The latest cyberattack happened on 16 March on Ukraine 24 TV channel where a news ticker claimed that the Ukrainian president was calling Ukrainians to surrender. This false information was the result of a hacking of the media’s infrastructure.

Online resources as well as assistance are available in this field. If you experience any issue, we recommend taking contact as soon as possible with cybersecurity experts.

The EDMO Taskforce on disinformation about the war in Ukraine

Alexandre Alaphilippe; Tommaso Canetta; Carlos Hernández- Echevarría; Jochen Spangenberg; Pawel Terpilowski; Claire Wardle