India/Pakistan: The former Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army addressed college students in India, warning them of an uptick in misinformation campaigns they are seeing on the popular messaging application, WhatsApp. As fast as they are working to get them taken down, new groups and chats are appearing. The main focus of these campaigns is to spread false information about the Kashmir region, which India has been fighting for control with Pakistan for years. The ongoing battle of that region has spilled over into cyber-space in the past with different attacks taking place on both sides. Misinformation campaigns are nothing new and have been seen used by other countries around the world–most recently Russia. Russia uses these campaigns to target countries that are in the middle of an election and spread false information about different candidates to further their agenda.
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