semantic attack


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semantic attack

The use of incorrect information to damage the credibility of target resources or to cause direct or indirect harm. Examples include defamation (slander and libel), propaganda and stock manipulation schemes. Also known as "semantic hacking." See pump 'n' dump.
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The concept of a semantic attack, in which misinformation is deliberately seeded into a social network with the aim of affecting the behavior of the maximum number of people possible, has only recently emerged as a troubling concept that requires detailed study.
Part III analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of possible defenses an ISP could utilize in the event it is charged with failure to protect against a semantic attack. Finally, Part IV examines the future implications of this topic in an environment now focused on preventing new forms of cyber terrorism.
Against computers, semantic attacks become even more serious.

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