Poland and Lithuania
Cyber security

Lithuania’s ethnic minorities played an important role in the fight for freedom

The Lithuanian military cannot guard the state properly without public support. This is well understood by states antagonistic to Lithuania, which try to weaken our state by sowing conflict and discord between various societal groups in Lithuania and by diminishing the importance of national defense. Despite the efforts by antagonistic states, the Lithuanian ethnic communities continue to play an important role in the modern effort to strengthen state security, just as they did in the historical effort to secure Lithuanian independence. […]

Lietuva ir Lenkija
Cyber security

Lithuanian and Polish cooperation in defense and energy is in the crosshairs of the Kremlin’s propaganda

The Kremlin propaganda agents are noticeably intensifying their effort to drive a wedge between Lithuania and Poland. Below, Tomas Janeliūnas, a professor at the Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science, describes the main tools of informational pressure Russia uses to this goal and the reasons for these manipulations. […]

No Picture
Cyber security

Residents are urged caution: free Internet may cost very dearly

Today, wireless internet is available nearly everywhere: at home, in the workplace, malls, cafes, the airport, public transport, or even right on the streets. Accessing desired information freely has become much more convenient – but the open access Wi-Fi has opened up more opportunities for cybercriminals as well. Below, Dr. Rytis Rainys, the Director of the National Cyber Security Centre describes the danger of cybercrime through open networks and the ways to minimize these risks. […]

Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Cyber security

A strong state is built by different nations working together: what tools does the Kremlin use to prevent this from happening?

Lithuania is not a monoethnic state. Poles, Russians, Tatars and other ethnicities live in our state and their presence here dates back to the times of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Much like in any society, different nationalities sometimes fail to communicate with one another. This is a problem that needs to be addressed but, lately, Russia has been trying to exploit miscommunication between different ethnic communities in Lithuania. Below, specialists advise how to recognize the methods of informational pressure that the Kremlin uses to sow discord, and how to respond to them. […]

Dainava district partisans. Winter 1945-1946
Cyber security

Lithuanian freedom fighters in Russian propaganda: why does the Kremlin care?

Historical falsification, fact distortion, and tendentious interpretation are commonly employed as informational pressure tools to spread negative narratives among the neighboring states, to discourage citizens’ faith in their state, to weaken the will to resist the aggressor, to instill doubt about the country’s past, its historically important people. Below, Auksė Ūsienė, the senior specialist at the Strategic Communications department of the Lithuanian military explains why Lithuanian partisans often become targets of the Kremlin’s propaganda. […]

Rytis Rainys
Cyber security

Fraudsters online fish for data of citizens and companies alike: how to not get hooked?

Password fishing or phishing, for short, is one of the most widespread tools cyber-criminals use to steal money. As bait, phishers send their targets emails that allow to extract personal data from those who open them. Cybersecurity experts note that such tactics are used against both individual citizens and against companies. Below, the Director of the National Center for Cybersecurity Rytis Rainys explains, how to recognize the potential threats and how not to become another fish for the fraudsters. […]

Mobile phone
Cyber security

5 essential rules for keeping your personal data safe on your phone

This summer, the ride-sharing company “Yandex. Taxi” started its activity in Lithuania and immediately caused a stir in the Lithuanian society. The National Cyber Security Center even issued a public recommendation to avoid using this app, as the leaked data of Lithuanian residents might constitute a threat to national security. Other specialists draw attention to the fact that such cyberattacks are increasingly common, and cyber criminals use mobile apps for non-political goals too. Hackers use acquired data to clean electronic banking accounts, to blackmail, or to use the hacked devices as launchpads for future attacks. For these reasons, it is crucial to know how to prevent your phone and your data from falling into hackers’ hands. […]