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US Gov. Software Creates 'Fake People' on Social Networks to Promote Propaganda
The Examiner ^ | February 18, 2011 | Sean Kerrigan

Posted on 02/19/2011 5:21:33 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues.

The contract calls for the development of "Persona Management Software" which would help the user create and manage a variety of distinct fake profiles online. The job listing was discussed in recently leaked emails from the private security firm HBGary after an attack by internet activist last week.

Click here to view the government contract (PDF)

According to the contract, the software would "protect the identity of government agencies" by employing a number of false signals to convince users that the poster is in fact a real person. A single user could manage unique background information and status updates for up to 10 fake people from a single computer.

The software enables the government to shield its identity through a number of different methods including the ability to assign unique IP addresses to each persona and the ability to make it appear as though the user is posting from other locations around the world.

Included in HBGary's leaked emails was a government proposal for the government contract. The document describes how they would 'friend' real people on Facebook as a way to convey government messages. The document reads:


(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anonymous; b13; blackops; casssunstein; consensus; cyberattacks; delphi; delphitechnique; disinformation; espionage; facebook; falseidentities; federalgovernment; hbgary; internet; misinfocampaign; personamanagement; propaganda; provocateurs; rsasecurity; usgovpropaganda
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1 posted on 02/19/2011 5:21:45 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Buy that hacker a beer!


2 posted on 02/19/2011 5:22:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

PING!


3 posted on 02/19/2011 5:22:59 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Oh, and someone tell Darrell Issa about this. He’d be REAL curious.


4 posted on 02/19/2011 5:23:36 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Your tax dollars at work creating faux-cyber activists. I wonder if there will be a union for digital 0bots?


5 posted on 02/19/2011 5:24:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues.

I'm SURE these new fake folk will all be conservatives... NOT!

6 posted on 02/19/2011 5:24:55 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That’s why I stay off of Facebook, twitter, MySpace, and other social media services


7 posted on 02/19/2011 5:25:46 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
We MUST dismantle the Fedgov before it is too late...
8 posted on 02/19/2011 5:26:25 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: TigersEye

Which is why it is so important(as in Glenn Becks says) to know what you believe and remember it.


9 posted on 02/19/2011 5:26:52 PM PST by kevslisababy
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Amazingly not a peep out of the handful of Obama Truth Squad folks still left on the net ~ guess they are getting replaced PERMANANTLY!


10 posted on 02/19/2011 5:27:13 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You Sir, are a gem.


11 posted on 02/19/2011 5:27:32 PM PST by 724th ("Introducing the Chocolate Starfish, and the Hot Dog flavored water.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Good Lord we live in interesting times. We have a seriously out of control government.


12 posted on 02/19/2011 5:27:41 PM PST by WHBates
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To: SandRat

For all the good it could have been its being recognized as a very potent weapon to control the masses that partake from it.


13 posted on 02/19/2011 5:28:40 PM PST by Eye of Unk ("These people are either at your neck or at your knees" A quote by Winston Churchill)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Making Joseph Goebbels the Nazi Propaganda Minister proud.


14 posted on 02/19/2011 5:29:04 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: kevslisababy

Well, I generally remember what I believe without much trouble.


15 posted on 02/19/2011 5:29:21 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: SandRat

“That’s why I stay off of Facebook, twitter, MySpace, and other social media services”

I think they are stupid as well!

i can’t think of one reason to use one.


16 posted on 02/19/2011 5:29:34 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’ve been creating fake voters for years.


17 posted on 02/19/2011 5:30:14 PM PST by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Manufactured consensus. - Edward Bernays.


18 posted on 02/19/2011 5:31:05 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It’s the group “Anonymous.”

Oh, they’re also going after Westboro “baptist church”!!


19 posted on 02/19/2011 5:31:18 PM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: April Lexington

Ya know, some of the stone heads I debated on townhall.com probably came from this ginned up group. How Low Can You Go?


20 posted on 02/19/2011 5:31:42 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: gitmo
They’ve been creating fake voters for years.

Heck, they even created a fake president!

21 posted on 02/19/2011 5:32:53 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 760 of our national holiday from reality. - It's almost 3 AM)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Cyber-astroturf....


22 posted on 02/19/2011 5:33:32 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

De-fund this administration.


23 posted on 02/19/2011 5:34:04 PM PST by majormaturity
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues.

that's your gov't at work, folks.

24 posted on 02/19/2011 5:34:07 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Someday, the entire Interwebs will be composed of government 'bots flaming each other.
25 posted on 02/19/2011 5:34:25 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I know this is silly, but where in the US Constitution does the federal government get the authority to do something like this?
26 posted on 02/19/2011 5:35:35 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Kieri

I’ve often wondered what grudge made Westburros tick. Even most hellfire preachers will tell their audiences “come to Jesus and be saved” and will refrain from speculating upon the particular fate of this or that deceased person. The Westburros behave like they want to be a non-edifying nuisance.


27 posted on 02/19/2011 5:36:00 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Ya know, some of the stone heads I debated on townhall.com probably came from this ginned up group. How Low Can You Go?

HA! They can't find real supporters so they have to make some up...

28 posted on 02/19/2011 5:36:46 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Well, with a fake citizen in the White House, and fake protesters in Wisconsin, why couldn’t we expect “fake online people”? If you can’t win with real people, invent them, and perhaps the idiots in society will fall for it.


29 posted on 02/19/2011 5:36:59 PM PST by adorno
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

And what exactly does it consist of now? :-)


30 posted on 02/19/2011 5:38:02 PM PST by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’d imagine some of them are here. I bet Willie Green was one of em.


31 posted on 02/19/2011 5:38:02 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: dalereed

Twitter was the “only” source of info out of Iran during the elections and subsequent mess. A lot of good young people landed in the slammer or worse after the government finally got “help” from private IT contractors.

Twitter was also useful during the Honduras election crap with Zelaya and “The Won” trying to reinstate that commie. The only reason they ever backed away was they were getting daily slammed for their actions. The Obozo administration is currently continuing to punish those who “flew him the bird” then.

Now Twitter was purchased by Facebook, doubt I will ever be on there again. Should have been there during the mess in Costa Rico recently. Sandanista Commies took an island between the 2 countries and no one did a thing.

I would not agree that Twitter was useless, but in the future, I am not sure.


32 posted on 02/19/2011 5:38:45 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: TigersEye

The 4 minute men go high tech.


33 posted on 02/19/2011 5:39:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The US government crating fake people to create the illusion of mass consensus. Are we allowed yet, to say that we now have a totalitarian government that must be removed? Or is it still that “awkward age”?


34 posted on 02/19/2011 5:40:00 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
.......to collect information on each individual.

And the LEFT are the ones doing it, NOT REPUBLICANS!!....

35 posted on 02/19/2011 5:40:00 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Fine, then we create fake governmnet employee pages and exploit them.

But wait, we already have a fake president so I guess it wouldn't really matter.

36 posted on 02/19/2011 5:41:37 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: adorno
with a fake citizen in the White House

Very true, and the most frightening part is that all 3 branches of government knew/know. And both Political Parties knew/know. That is the icing on the cake. Traitor Bastards all.....

37 posted on 02/19/2011 5:42:26 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

you know what they say.... never trust anybody over 30kb


38 posted on 02/19/2011 5:43:08 PM PST by Breto (never accept the premise)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The
Left
LOVES
peer
pressure
!!!!!!!


39 posted on 02/19/2011 5:43:19 PM PST by TruthConquers ( Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I suspect that there are some on this forum. I see some consensus type entries that are so wrong that it beggars description. It’s probably them.


40 posted on 02/19/2011 5:43:19 PM PST by texmexis best
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Obama needs to hire a troll-bot czar.

The perfect candidate:

"Hello, I'm Bob Smith and I'd like to be your friend."

41 posted on 02/19/2011 5:43:19 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Does it bother you that even those who are being called "draconian" are only scratching the surface?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If George Bush had tried anything like this, the left and the media would be going absolutely out of their minds. Every committee chairman in the House and every committe chairman in the Senate, and the Chairmen of every one of their subcommittees, would be demanding hearings into every aspect of this. We would literally never hear the end of it.


42 posted on 02/19/2011 5:43:49 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
2112
43 posted on 02/19/2011 5:44:51 PM PST by bigheadfred (THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN)
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To: Steely Tom

44 posted on 02/19/2011 5:46:37 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Does it bother you that even those who are being called "draconian" are only scratching the surface?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Someday, the entire Interwebs will be composed of government 'bots flaming each other.

... while real, live flesh and blood Americans will be reduced to selling their junk back and forth to each other on Craigslist.

45 posted on 02/19/2011 5:46:53 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’ve suspected this type of thing even around here sometimes...

There are also tons of YouTube accounts that match that profile...


46 posted on 02/19/2011 5:48:08 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Oh good grief.

To the gov’t: Desperate much?

47 posted on 02/19/2011 5:48:22 PM PST by Shelayne (He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly" Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! *Rev 22:20)
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To: texmexis best
I see some consensus type entries that are so wrong that it beggars description.

Ooooh, you are soooo right.... I couldn't agree more...

teehee

48 posted on 02/19/2011 5:49:42 PM PST by bigheadfred (THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Through a different source, but tied to the DNC, I think we had very heavy and continous attacks that tried to build consensus for Repubs to support weak candidates in various elections and consensus type remarks that seriously tried to disparage our potentially strong candidates.

And it was on this forum.

Think before you believe anything.


49 posted on 02/19/2011 5:50:13 PM PST by texmexis best
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... while real, live flesh and blood Americans will be reduced to selling their junk back and forth to each other on Craigslist.

Is that a double entendre?

: > )

50 posted on 02/19/2011 5:51:33 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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