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How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations
First Look.org ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald

Posted on 03/01/2014 8:13:32 AM PST by KeyLargo

Dispatches

How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations

A page from a GCHQ top secret document prepared by its secretive JTRIG unit

"One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

(Excerpt) Read more at firstlook.org ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: govtabuse; intelligence; internet; surveillance; whatsthefrnick; whatsthefrnicks

1 posted on 03/01/2014 8:13:32 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Observing the fractures here which cause us to be disunited in our goals, one wonders how much of this is caused (or at least aided and abetted) by agencies and independent disruptors such as this.


2 posted on 03/01/2014 8:31:04 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort ("Don't say sh*t unless you know for sure it helps." - Raylan Givens)
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To: KeyLargo
Paranoid!

Heh. I've been sounding the alarm, particularly on FR, as long as I've been here.

The Progressive NGOs hire trolls to live on conservative blogs and forums. It's a very cheap way to sway public opinion. The oligarchy have billions, why would it be surprising that they spend mere millions to propagandize the most important political discussions of our time?

You can be sure that Center for American Progress, MoveOn, every nonprofit paid by Soros, Buffett, Singer (now diseased), Gates… read every word we write. And they have figured out a way, I am convinced, to take over some old FR accounts so that they can have an early sign up date as they troll.

3 posted on 03/01/2014 8:32:00 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: KeyLargo

bump for ref.


4 posted on 03/01/2014 8:35:27 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Nachum; null and void; LucyT; maggief; WildHighlander57; Jim Robinson

Is this the same article or a different presentation of the same material ?

Actions being discussed sure do look familiar


5 posted on 03/01/2014 8:40:05 AM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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1st Quarter FReepathon

Less than $5.4k to go!!
We can do this.

6 posted on 03/01/2014 8:43:15 AM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: hoosiermama; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...
I think different presentation.

"Times through equals certainty."

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

7 posted on 03/01/2014 8:46:25 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: KeyLargo

When you attack (such as liberals attacking Free Republic) you open yourself up for a counterpunch. They would have to observe for responses to see how their attack is working. They would then be open to a counterpunch even if it is a subconscious counterpunch. Perhaps a question implanted in their subconscious asking why their bosses would want them to attack people exercising their freedom?


8 posted on 03/01/2014 8:54:43 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Mamzelle

All in all, trolls have little success here on FR.

So little, in fact, that the mods have to leave some of their posts up just to satisfy the hunger to beat the snot out of them.


9 posted on 03/01/2014 9:05:52 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: KeyLargo

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRS, ETC. HOW IN THE WORLD CAN A PERSON READ AND UNDERSTAND SUCH An alphabet soup article?


10 posted on 03/01/2014 9:17:02 AM PST by billhilly
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To: Mamzelle

Bump!


11 posted on 03/01/2014 9:22:03 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: hoosiermama; Nachum; null and void; LucyT; maggief

I agree with null and void’s take on it; same slides, different verbiage in between.

Slides are spot on in describing troll tactics, especially “packs” of them ganging up on sites and threads.

Some things that could be done to thwart them is

a)ignore them

b)expose them,

c)warn others about them

Comments welcome, FRmail if needed :)


12 posted on 03/01/2014 9:35:03 AM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: KeyLargo
One tactic I see used here and on other forums is "thread hijacking". This is where one or more people go off on a tangent and steer the conversation in a direction away from the original post.

Often they will get into fake arguments and posts become so heated and off topic that other people will stop following the thread and move on. Mission accomplished.

13 posted on 03/01/2014 9:55:17 AM PST by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: WildHighlander57
Oh how the liberals howled regarding Nixon's ‘Dirty Tricks.’ Nixon and his crew were neophytes compared with these guys. If this government run disinformation/fraudulent activity directed at the the general public is being paid for with taxpayer dollars all these people need to go to jail. There is no way that appropriated money can be authorized for this kind of deliberate deceit and fraudulent activity.
14 posted on 03/01/2014 10:23:34 AM PST by iontheball
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To: Mamzelle

They are so obvious on FR that they usually get the ZOT within a few minutes of posting.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 10:26:01 AM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: FReepaholic
“Thread hijacking” is a common occurrence on almost all of the conservative web sites I visit. To me, it is obvious that the person is a troll and just trying to prevent discussion. I see this most often with certain topics. For example, homosexuality and anything to do with Obama’s creditability. I really started to notice this when Obama first started to run for the presidency. I think it is a very serious problem. I have seen topic after topic muted by this kind of attack.
16 posted on 03/01/2014 10:31:25 AM PST by Essie
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To: FReepaholic; KeyLargo; hoosiermama; Nachum; null and void; LucyT; maggief

Freepaholic, all y’all:

getting people to stop following the thread by threadjacking/starting arguments isn’t the only result; threads can get locked or pulled on account of it.

Mission thoroughly accomplished :(


17 posted on 03/01/2014 10:33:49 AM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: iontheball

Yep, govt guys AND their minions (including, but not limited to, trolls) need to be held accountable for their actions.


18 posted on 03/01/2014 10:36:48 AM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: Leroy S. Mort

I wonder about longtime FRriends who suddenly disappear forever and those who have never done anything wrong but suddenly get zotted with no explaination.


19 posted on 03/01/2014 12:01:54 PM PST by bgill
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To: miserare

Only the new one. Older ones ingratiate themselves by initially contributing to the discussion and after building a plethora of followers that they’ve manipulated thru slight of hand put in their true intent.
To take down the research
Muddle the threads
Run off legit posters from Fr
Thereby destroying the site


20 posted on 03/01/2014 12:18:27 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: bgill

I can think of one that was discovered to be a con artist with multiple AKA off FR. Very good at their chosen vocation


21 posted on 03/01/2014 12:24:54 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Mamzelle

I first start with looking at posts by recent joins of FR.


22 posted on 03/01/2014 12:47:03 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Mamzelle

I can always tell them by the way they react or try to redirect the investigations to a “nothing is going on, it is business as usual”.


23 posted on 03/01/2014 12:50:50 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: WildHighlander57

I am convinced that the trolls on the education threads are paid operatives. I refused to engage them.


24 posted on 03/01/2014 12:52:43 PM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime

If the paid operatives are paid with tax money, isn’t that illegal Glimmers coming from the Nixon era ....


25 posted on 03/01/2014 1:20:38 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: hoosiermama

The discerning can see who the disruptors are.

Zullo and Arpaio’s upcoming press conference will be ... interesting.


26 posted on 03/01/2014 1:24:14 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: wintertime

You did the right thing from the git-go.

If u don’t feed em, they starve... trolls that is.


27 posted on 03/01/2014 7:38:18 PM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: Balding_Eagle

indeed, some are smarter and more subtle than others. But none of them are careful or hardworking enough to create an adequate history. But it is tedious to suspect a troll, and sit and read back through his previous posts.


28 posted on 03/01/2014 7:48:34 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: wintertime
I am convinced that the trolls on the education threads are paid operatives.

Or they could just be folks who are fed up with your insulting their kids.

Nah... that would be too simple.

29 posted on 03/02/2014 7:56:26 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: KeyLargo

Mrs. JimRed frequently check online restaurant reviews when thinking about trying a new one. I, the skeptic, suspect that the glowing reviews are by the restaurant staff, management and their families, while the bad ones are by competitors’ management, staff and families. When a place is really superior and word gets out, you can’t get in when you want to, so why would I call in more diners?


30 posted on 03/02/2014 12:56:22 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Mamzelle
The Progressive NGOs hire trolls to live on conservative blogs and forums.

How do they pay, and how do you get the job? We could mess with 'em from the inside!

31 posted on 03/02/2014 12:58:02 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: humblegunner

I will not be responding to your comments. Of course you can always stalk me, if you choose.


32 posted on 03/02/2014 3:07:09 PM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime
I will not be responding to your comments.

So you have stated before, yet you continue to do so.

Of course you can always stalk me, if you choose.

Yes, thanks, I think I shall.

33 posted on 03/02/2014 3:10:43 PM PST by humblegunner
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