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“Permanent” Russian disinformation attacks confront France, Poland and Germany



“Permanent” Russian disinformation attacks confront France, Poland and Germany

European Commissioner for Values ​​and Transparency Vera Jourova has revealed that France, Germany and Poland have become “permanent” targets of Russian disinformation attacks in the run-up to this week’s European Parliament elections. The European Union has repeatedly warned ahead of European Parliament elections scheduled for June 6-9 that Russia will step up its disinformation campaigns across the bloc’s 27 countries.

A senior official said EU On Tuesday, France, Germany and Poland became “permanent” targets of Russian disinformation attacks ahead of this week’s European elections.

The European Union has repeatedly warned ahead of European Parliament elections scheduled for June 6-9 that Russia will step up its disinformation campaigns across the bloc’s 27 countries.

“There are three big countries that are constantly attacked (by Russia), they are France, Germany and Poland,” said the European Commissioner for Values ​​and Transparency, Vera Jourova, citing the work of the European Digital Media Observatory, of which AFP is a part.

Jourova added that there were “more widespread disinformation attacks on specific topics”, and gave one example, the focus in France on the Olympic Games which will be held this summer in Paris.

She pointed out that in Germany concerns about immigration and security are being exploited, while in Poland the idea that Ukrainian refugees are a “burden” has spread on the Internet.

She pointed to a false story attributed to Poland’s official news agency last week that Poles were mobilizing to fight in Ukraine, which authorities said was the result of a Russian cyberattack.

Jourova said: “Russian propaganda is carried out … thanks to a very good knowledge of countries that have certain sensitivities and the ability of each country to better understand history.”

Her speech to journalists in Brussels follows a visit she made to the United States to meet with executives of the world’s biggest technology companies, such as YouTube and X.

She stressed that she called “for the greatest vigilance to be exercised these days.”

Jourova said she reminded businesses of their obligations under the EU’s Digital Services Act.

His comments come a day after Microsoft reached similar conclusions.

The US giant’s Threat Analysis Center said Russia was waging an intense disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting the International Olympic Committee and raising fears of violence during the Games.

Microsoft President Brad Smith, who was in Brussels to meet with European Union officials including Jourova, reiterated his concerns about Russian influence operations.

Smith said “what people are most concerned about” about the misuse of artificial intelligence is “the risk of deepfakes impacting elections, particularly deepfakes emanating from foreign governments.”

He added: “We have certainly seen the Russian government investing in these capabilities. »

France 24/AFP

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