Understanding Influence Operations in Social Media: A Cyber Kill Chain Approach
Discussions about recent state-run influence operations in social media often focus only on quantitative elements—the number of people interacting with fake news or how many tweets were sent by bots. This article suggests that understanding how influence operations in social media may affect individuals and groups requires a socio-technical approach to examine what is unique about the social media information environment and people’s interactions in and through these media. A socio-technical understanding emerges through the development of a model based on the Cyber Kill Chain that conceptualises the influence operation process as interlinked stages seeking alternate actions from a target audience.
Bergh, Arild. Understanding Influence Operations in Social Media: A Cyber Kill Chain Approach. Journal of Information Warfare 2020 ;Volum 19.(4) s. 110-131