Facebook and Twitter have been talking a lot about fake news recently.
And so have a lot of other people. Depending upon who you read, and who you believe, fake news played a major role in the recent presidential election. But fake news isn't limited to politics. Fake news, and its relatives, are some of the most vexing types of external cyber attacks facing corporations, institutions and enterprises.
“Fake news” can originate practically anywhere on the Internet -- through tweets, posts, blogs, wikis, discussion forums, chats, podcasts, digital images, video, audio files, advertisements and more. There are even official "citizen journalist" sides like CNN's iReport or reddit, where end-users can directly publish their views, or their content, without fact-checking, editing, or any other kind of content-curation.
This un-proctored, un-curated, un-fact-checked content creates a nightmare for enterprises. These are content-based cyber attacks that don’t touch company infrastructure at all. They exist completely outside the firewall, beyond the traditional perimeter. But even without touching the targeted company directly these attacks can have huge impacts on a company’s revenues, operations, and reputations....