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The COVID-19 outbreak has spread relentlessly across the globe in the past few months. It has brought unprecedented challenges to healthcare systems in almost every country in the world, but it also has other worrisome implications, including elements of hybrid warfare such as cyberattacks and disinformation. Since the crisis began, a series of fake news and misleading information about COVID-19 has been spotted circulating online, in particular on social media.

In February 2020, speaking about the spread of misinformation and disinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that these types of activities are a part of an “infodemic”. He also underlined the fact that disinformation “spreads faster and more easily than this virus.” [1]

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[1] https://www.un.org/en/un-coronavirus-communications-team/un-tackling-%E2%80%98infodemic%E2%80%99-misinformation-and-cybercrime-covid-19

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