Attacks Amidst the Global Pandemic
Azerbaijan’s regular attacks on Armenian borders is not something new. However, who could have thought that Azeris would use the opportunity of the global pandemic to refresh the attacks? On July 16, in the wee hours, Azerbaijani troops launched an infiltration attempt but were thrown back with major losses.
Later, they started to shell Armenian villages, damaging 10 houses during the night. This, together with missile threats of attacking Armenian Nuclear Plant, Azeris targeted a dozen Armenian mass media outlets subjected to DDoS attacks, spreading false information. According to cybersecurity expert Samvel Martirosyan, Azerbaijani special services provided some software to the citizens, which they installed to join the attacks against Armenian websites.
How Azeris Propagate Distress Through Media : Falsifying Information
Every time Azerbaijan violates the ceasefire regime, it parallelly starts being active in Web domains. Of course, Azeris are not on their own in this, they have their own international support.
This is how it usually happens. They download a video from an Armenian profile using social media, political pages, personal profiles, and cultivate it according to their aim.
A typical example is an Azeri journalist, blogger Fuad Abasov. He montages videos of Armenian protests, by using international domains writes that Armenians are organizing demonstrations of resistance and don’t want to fight with Azerbaijan and that Armenians have around 100 deaths.
Of course, none of this is true. In most cases, they take videos of war shot in Afghanistan or Syria, change the voice and some details in the video and transform it in a way, so that people would assume, that’s happening in Armenia.
One should not trust or believe in every media and news page in the Armenian language, as they can possibly be managed by Azeris. For not giving in to the Azerbaijani propaganda, we should be extremely alert and follow the rules of web security.
You must be careful with links in social media as hackers break into your profile from the moment you click on some links. Especially, avoid domains ending with “az”. Sharing videos or photos of Armenian soldier victims in tense situations is not a good idea, as that can be used against Armenia and be transformed into a message of victory for Azeris.
Non-verbal communication here is much more important than you think. If a soldier has a week posture or has his head down, that can be another reason for creating fake news about the soldier, let’s say, being disappointed or even weak.
How to Avoid Fake News Created by Azerbaijan
An Interview with non-verbal communication expert Hagop Makdis founder of Big Mind.
So, what should we do for not getting into a jam of fake news and false information, and even worse, not to share them with our own hands? First and foremost, remember! Follow only official websites and avoid reading news from the opponent’s media channels (if you are not an expert).
Secondly, before clicking on a link, make sure you know the source where the information is posted, why, and how it’s sent to you. Not every website in the Armenian language is Armenian. Many of them are managed by Azeri editors.
Always follow the news and information from official websites. The most common one is the official website of the Ministry of Defense or official Facebook page of press secretary of the Minister of Defense Shushan Stepanyan.
Most importantly, we should not, under any circumstances, start protests. We surely do have political, economic, and other issues to be solved, but now we need to put it all aside and concentrate on one common goal- protect the Armenian border, stand next to Armenian soldiers, and be united. As Armenian saying goes-Together, we can take down mountains!
You can also read this article in Armenian. Հակառակորդի նպատակը ԶԼՄ-ների և սոց. ցանցերի միջոցով աղետ ստեղծելն է