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    Blocking Social Engineering by Foreign Bad Actors: The Role of the New Foreign Malign Influence Center

    The U.S. government created a new office to block disinformation. The new Foreign Malign Influence Center (FMIC) oversees efforts that span U.S. military, law enforcement, intelligence, and diplomatic agencies.

    The FMIC was established on September 23 of last year after Congress approved funding, and is situated within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The FMIC has the unique authority to marshal support from all elements of the U.S. intelligence community to monitor and combat foreign influence efforts such as disinformation campaigns.

    The growing threat of social engineering by foreign adversaries has become a significant concern. By leveraging digital platforms, hostile actors can manipulate public opinion, foment discord, and undermine democratic institutions. To address this pressing issue, the newly established Foreign Malign Influence Center aims to counter social engineering efforts by foreign bad actors, working to protect our society from this insidious form of cyber warfare.

    One of the key aspects of the Center’s strategy is fostering partnerships with like-minded institutions. By building a strong collective defense against social engineering, the organization can ensure that a diverse range of expertise and perspectives contribute to the fight against foreign influence. 

    Done right, the FMIC has the potential to be a valuable ally in the fight against social engineering by foreign bad actors. However, its success will depend on its ability to work collaboratively with partners, operate within legal and ethical boundaries, and stay focused on the genuine threats to our democratic institutions.

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