Fake news has manipulated the UK’s political landscape, cyber security experts say

Still a long way to go to equal fake news from the BBC and other Fake News Media, but cyberspace is beginning to catch up & may be balancing leftist propaganda

Majority also believe that they have personally been affected by fake news

London, UK, June 23, 2017 DomainTools, the leader in domain name and DNS-based cyber threat intelligence, today announced the results of a survey which found that 91% of cyber security professionals believe that the UK’s political landscape has been manipulated by fake news. When asked if they thought that they had personally been affected by fake news, 61% agreed that they had. When asked who they felt is the most susceptible to fake news, the majority agreed that their children are most susceptible (28%) followed by their parents (26%), grandparents (25%) and colleagues and friends (21%).



Tim Helming, Director of Product Management at DomainTools said, “A very high majority of cyber security professionals – some of the most cyber savvy people you will meet – said that the UK and even they themselves have been affected by fake news. This means that the majority feel that they are affected by fake news directly or indirectly. It is starkly clear that fake news is a significant phenomenon that needs to be properly understood and tackled.”

“There are good reasons to do a bit of due diligence when deciding which sources to trust,” said Helming. “Looking at information such as domain Whois (registration) records can be illuminating: most established news organizations are quite up-front in their registration records about who they are. By comparison, fake news sites are often quite secretive about their ownership or origins. Going beyond the content of a site and learning more about the source itself can be an important way to combat the influence of fake news.”