Ben Nimmo (@Benimmo) studies online disinformation and influence operations for the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab). He specializes in identifying bots and botnets, exposing and tracking false stories and accounts, and analyzing state-backed influence campaigns, especially Russian and Iranian. He is a former wire service journalist, reporting on EU and NATO issues for the German press agency, dpa, from 2007 to 2011. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as a press officer at NATO, specializing in NATO’s relations with Russia and Ukraine. In his spare time, which he seldom has, he teaches scuba diving and studies foreign languages.