Hacktivists vs. Faketivists: telling the difference

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If there's one big takeaway for all credible media entities now that the Russian 2016 US Election hacking story is on the table, it's the importance of spotting real vs. fake in the hacktivist sphere.

So how do you do it? This chart can help you analyze:

                                                 compiled by The ThreatConnect Research Team

As students of world history, we should all know by now that state-sponsored efforts from various countries have sought to gain intelligence and/or influence in various elections for longer than most of us have been alive. That this happened again in 2016 should be no surprise.



First, it's important to understand the presently known scope of what state-sponsored Russian hacking groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear have attempted and/or accomplished in the world, because it's definitely not just the US. 

If you aren't familiar with Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear, it's time to get acquainted. They're not as cute as their names may suggest.

113Meet Fancy Bear

And also this:

Take some time and read the full piece here:

Once you've learned about the two dancing information-hacking bears, move on and read about how to differentiate legit hacktivists from these state-sponsored faketivists assembled by groups such as Fancy Bear:

In our 24/7 news world, it's easy to get caught up in wanting to be first. Unfortunately, that often comes at the expense of journalistic due diligence (whether professional- or citizen-journalism). 

Now, more than ever, it's on all of us to ensure (to the best of our ability) that the information we're disseminating is fact-based. Consider this an important tool in your toolbox.

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