Disinformation Cases

This database represents a collection of all disinformation, fake news and misinformation cases our Digital Forensic Center Team had researched, categorized and debunked. DFC focuses on key messages carried in Montenegrin and wider information space, spreading semi-truthful, distorted or completely false information with the goal of discrediting and undermining democratic countries and societies.

Taking into consideration definitions above, two things are necessary to expose and explain either disinformation or fake news:

  1. Proof that the claims made are false.
  2. Proof that the falsehood was intentional.

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A coordinated campaign against Montenegro, which has been spreading negative and bizarre disinformation over the last 3 months, continues unabated Another narrative has emerged in the last few days: NATO requires from the President of Montenegro to introduce a state of emergency, as a response to current litanies, that are being held twice a week. […]

The arrival of NATO counter-hybrid support team in Montenegro drew a lot of attention, particularly of the media inclined to sensationalistic narratives. Even though the goal of the experts’ visit to our country is to improve our services’ defense against cyber-attacks, as confirmed from the Alliance, some media wrote about the visit in a them-characteristic […]

The portal RIA Novosti (Rus. РИА Новости) published on October 20, 2019, a text entitled Swedish economist: In 2024, Russia will fall apart or ruin the world. The text, in an ironical manner, analyses a book The Crash of 2024 by Stefan Fölster, a renowned Swedish economist. The author of the book predicts a hybrid […]

Körber Policy Game is a small group of politicians, senior officials and experts who analyze fictitious scenarios and their potential consequences globally. The group is engaged in projecting current foreign and security policy trends into a future scenario, seeking to develop a deeper understanding of the interests and priorities of different countries and possible challenges. […]

Recently, the attention of the world and the domestic public has been captured by the 5G network and its capabilities. Does the next generation network of higher capacity and reach represent a major advancement in technology or … The expert public agrees that this is a project aimed at faster data transfer technology with larger […]

The significance of anti-Fascist sentiment in Montenegro and Montenegro’s contribution to the People’s Liberation War, in terms of overall victory over fascism, is immeasurable. Montenegro celebrates the Statehood day to commemorate the day of July 13, 1878, when it was recognized as an independent country at the Berlin Congress, and of July 13, 1941, when […]

According to another reporting of the Borba portal, the Montenegrin citizens were players of the international cocaine smuggling, this time in Johannesburg. As reported, Mihailo Pavicevic and Matija Kascelan were found on September 29 during a police action, after one arrested fellow citizen gave information on them to the police. According to the portal findings, […]

The news on the presence of Russian special forces on the territory of Norway (its mainland and archipelago of Svalbard) was published on September 27, on the Norwegian portal AldriMer. Citing independent and intelligence sources (gained by American reconnaissance aircrafts U-25 and RC-135V), the portal stated that the goal of the Russian intrusion was to collect […]

From regional perspective it is not unusual for Bosnia and Herzegovina to be a separate case. Unfortunately, the same applies in the sphere of disinformation. While in countries, such as Serbia, the most of disinformation campaigns are carried out through tabloids, in Bosnia and Herzegovina a substantial mean of disinforming are anonymous portals, encouraged by […]

Disagreements between the U.S. and other NATO members – Iran and Nord Stream issues, or spending 2% of GDP on army and defense – have been, since the beginning of Trump’s mandate, the frequent topic of the public debate, and particularly on the agenda of disinformation purveyors. German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered her speech in […]

The video showing a girl singing the anthem of Serbia Boze pravde, with Putin playing it on the piano at the background, was published originally by IN4S portal on September 7 IN4S posted this video with the intention of highlighting the fraternity and the affinity of the two nations – the Serbs and the Russians. […]

Guca event in Budva, announced at the beginning, did not take place after all. There are many events in Budva this summer, newspaper columns are swarming with controversial statements of members of the leading (coalition) parties who cannot agree on many matters. Everything is heated up by who said, wrote, and signed what, just as […]

According to the latest report of the Borba portal, Montenegrin seafarers were once again the actors of seizure, this time 300 kilos of cocaine from a European company’s ship in the Philippines’ capital, Manila. Article under the headline 300 kilos of cocaine seized in Philippines: Among the arrested are seafarers from Montenegro! , published by […]

Social networks broke the news on death of a Greek who during 1999 NATO intervention on ex-Yugoslavia expressed his resistance towards that action. Stefano Panajotis died, a man who during 1999 Serbia and Montenegro bombing organized protests, shut down airports, and stopped NATO aircrafts taking off in order not to bomb our country. GLORY TO […]

A movement Alternativa Crna Gora shared (on July 27) with its Facebook followers a photo of a fiscal receipt from Iberostar Heritage Grand Perast Hotel, which provoked many negative comments. In this way, this political party joined a quite big number of those who try very hard to present Montenegro as an undesirable tourist destination. […]

Georgia’s society known for its culture of protests from the 19th century annexation by the Russian empire, through the revolutionary period, to the Soviet period in the fifties and eighties, has reacted over the past few months to the Moscow provocations again. Back in the days of Shevardnadze’s mandate from 1995 to 2003, and more […]

IN4S portal, known for its sensationalistic reporting, published on July 21 alleged statement of a renowned American actor and producer, Tom Hanks, about Kosovo. It is generally known that politics is directly involved in all aspects of social life, thus in the culture itself, in the broadest sense. But, when the domestic (read Serbian) politicized […]

These days, foreign and some domestic media have been writing about the hacking of a major contractor of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), and the stealing of 7.5 terabytes of data. The news on SyTech, system breach was broken on July 19 on the Russian BBC portal, and later it was taken by other […]

The news providing a photo of a price list displaying outrageously high price in a bar in Budva, has seen these days the upsurge of interest on numerous regional and domestic portals. According to the claims of Borba portal, it came to possession of this disputable information by means of its own source on July […]

Debate on data security while using mobile application FaceApp has taken over social networks and media around the world. FaceApp was created in 2017 by Yaroslav Goncharov in Russia. The application works on the principle that users select an image they want to modify, upload it, then select a filter they want (most commonly a […]