3rd Dimension of Cyberspace
Internet hacking is nothing new in today’s society and hackers have gained unauthorized access to computers and networks for years. What is becoming more concerning is the new target these hackers have which is cognitive hacking. This involves targeting people’s perceptions and thought processes. They believed this is what the Russians did during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. They created fake social media accounts to distribute propaganda to engage real people, who would then pass the information along to their personal following on social media. Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook have been implementing ways to prevent the spread of fake news by suspending these fake accounts. The best protection against these threats to the cognitive dimension of cyberspace is using your brain to think critically about what you are seeing and examine claims before accepting them as true.
How can we fight against cognitive hacking? I think many people do not even realize they are being subjected to this kind of attack while browsing social media and making posts. We need to inform people of this threat so they are aware and do not get subjected to it.