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How British Spies "Seed the Internet With False Info, Control YouTube Pageviews and Manipulate Online Polls"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have proof about an incredible set of tools used by the British equivalent of the NSA, known as the GCHQ, or Government Communications Headquarters. These tools will essentially confirm every single conspiracy theory you could have ever imagined when it comes to propaganda on the Internet. It allows British intelligence officers to: “manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, ‘amplify’ sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be ‘extremist.’”

Being the creative folks that they are, GCHQ even came up with code words to describe each “product.” These include, UNDERPASS (for poll manipulation), SILVERLORD (for censorship), GESTATOR (for the manipulation of YouTube views), PREDATORS FACE (for DDOS attacks), the list goes on…

Glenn Greenwald writes at The Intercept that:

The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.” The capabilities, detailed in documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even include an old standby for pre-adolescent prank callers everywhere: A way to connect two unsuspecting phone users together in a call.

 

The tools were created by GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), and constitute some of the most startling methods of propaganda and internet deception contained within the Snowden archive. Previously disclosed documents have detailed JTRIG’s use of “fake victim blog posts,” “false flag operations,” “honey traps” and psychological manipulation to target online activists, monitor visitors to WikiLeaks, and spy on YouTube and Facebook users.

 

GCHQ refused to provide any comment on the record beyond its standard boilerplate, in which it claims that it acts “in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework” and is subject to “rigorous oversight.” But both claims are questionable.

 

Several GCHQ memos published last fall by The Guardian revealed that the agency was eager to keep its activities secret not to protect national security, but because “our main concern is that references to agency practices (ie, the scale of interception and deletion) could lead to damaging public debate which might lead to legal challenges against the current regime.”

This last line is of crucial importance. The entire point of spying has nothing to do with terrorism, but as many of us have suspected, it is all about protecting and maintaining the status quo.

Oh, and just in case these products aren’t enough fascism for you, no need to fret. We learn that:

And JTRIG urges its GCHQ colleagues to think big when it comes to internet deception: “Don’t treat this like a catalogue. If you don’t see it here, it doesn’t mean we can’t build it.”

So next time you question the number of views on a certain video, or your website experiences a DDOS attack, there may be a intel officer at the other end of the line with a giant sign saying “fuck you mate.”

Full article here.

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Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:39 | 4976298 TalkToLind
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So when I say "Fuck the Fed" and I get down votes, you're telling me they might not be legit?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:44 | 4976309 bag holder
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Downvoted to mindfuck the spies

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:46 | 4976314 TalkToLind
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+1 to fuck with them further.

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:45 | 4976386 chumbawamba
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I posted this comment just so I could down-vote myself.

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:58 | 4976397 DeadFred
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Don't forget to incorporate random hot terms. I went out to lunch today and had a jihad sandwich. It was a bomb with the sarin sauce.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:12 | 4976407 chumbawamba
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I exploded a load of my hot white phosphorous on Hillary's face. Then I hid my Osama bin Laden in her cave.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:30 | 4976421 edotabin
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I am considering down voting not only to fuck with spy vs. spy but also because this stuff can make you heave with Hillary in this context. Hope you used 12 condoms before hiding in the cave.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:27 | 4976699 SuperRay
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So Tylers, what's going on with ZH?  Is readership increasing or is this just a rogue spy fucking with us?  Why don't you do a historical trend chart on ZH membership? I'm sure the NSA has...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:37 | 4976950 gold-is-not-dead
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the weapons are ready at nyc port, 18cet.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:46 | 4977134 JoeSexPack
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Entire Animal House movie is on youtube, except.... the scene at the nightclub with Otis Day singing is purged.

 

1st part is there, but not jokes about switchblade, primitive cultures & 'do you mind if we dance wif yo dates?'. Go search if you doubt. No violence, cursing, nudity, politics or abuse, just sit com with mild race humor.

 

I get it, though. PC thing is to show pale males in bad light vs others, with white females siding against them. Animal House jokes were against the dark bar crowd, so they have to go. See 90%+ of tv ad's for evidence.

 

Stalin & Orwell would be proud.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:58 | 4977900 Supernova Born
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Imperial Rome in the digital age.

Expect the Praetorian Guard to be the most closely watched of all.

Et tu, NSA?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:11 | 4978272 MontgomeryScott
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When I was a young man, I learned how to make 3-dimensional mirror glass pictures using layers of masking tape, a reverse-drawing of a picture plotted and graphed, and a glass-beading machine. I would cut out the 'deepest' layers of the drawing first with an exacto knife, lightly glass-bead the back, and progress thusly in steps. I topped it off by using spray engine enamels and a fine paint brush to add color and realism to the 3-d artwork. I made several of these (getting free mirror glass cut to size from the friend that ran the glass shop next door to the engine machine shop I managed). I had a coffee table that took three panes of glass that were removable, and when parties were thrown (4 or 5 days out of seven, it seemed) I would substitute them at random. My most popular one was the 'Coca-Cola' artwork script design complete with the swoosh (and the two grooves cut on the face, convenient for metered dosages of the favorite inhalants of choice by simply taking the pile and swooping it over the grooves with a blade).

My BEST one by far was the 'High Times' Bomber. The GREEN B-17, complete with open bomb-bay doors, looked quite remarkable. Better, with a triple-beam and a pile of green shit on top.

THIS was about the time when National Lampoon was still a good underground magazine.

They were 'P.C.d' early on, though, and the PTB bought them out and have been fooling people ever since.

Zippy the Pinhead... that was a GREAT character!

"Stalin & Orwell would be proud."

No. Stalin and Orwell would now be INSANELY JEALOUS!

(This is not an endorsement for the experimentation, usage, or consumption of any substance deemed 'illegal' by local, state, federal, or regional authorities; nor is it an admission of any actions which are currently deemed 'illegal'. This post in no way indicates that such events or actions took place or are taking place, or will take place in the future by me or anyone that I ever associated with, assoiate with currently, or will associate with in the future. references to 'High Times' magazine and 'National Lampoon' magazine are made under common public domain law, and in no way implicate them in any way for encouraging such activity as described. Reality: What a concept! Be thankful that your dog is finally getting enough cheeze.

NSA, GHQ, MI6, and LIKUD: You are a fluke of the universe, and have no right to be here; and whether you believe it or not, the universe is laughing behind your back; YOU, the illuminists who insist upon trolling and collecting every keystroke for prosecution of 'futurecrime' are a pathetic joke to the people!)

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:13 | 4977932 Shigure
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:11 | 4976566 barre-de-rire
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i been to an indian restaurant, the " smiling boudah " i wanted to get something very specific so i ordered their "fatman" sandwitch from the "littleboy" servant.  the place was nicely decorated with egyptian paints with representations of "ISIS".

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:47 | 4976731 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Is this sight getting hacked or DDOSed or something, because I have had more problems getting on here in the past week or so than ever before. Last night it was giving me a 'this sight is offline' error message. Anyone else had these problems?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:03 | 4976754 Keyser
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Yep, most likely a DDOS attack.... That is unless the Tylers have moved their severs to the Philippines.. 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 18:29 | 4978144 MontgomeryScott
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I concur. Same thing at this location, +- 0:00 UDT(GMT).

It happened right after I posted a comment on WB7's article/post regarding Lusitania/MH17. I sent links like THESE:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/18/pro-russia-rebel-command...

http://www.rense.com/general96/dutch.html

These were NOT the link I posted, but the story was along similar lines.

SIC SEMPER TYRANNUS.

WHO the fuck downvoted you?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:48 | 4976319 El Vaquero
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Good idea.  So you got downvoted to double-mindfuck the spies.  Anybody want to go for the triple?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:57 | 4976393 chumbawamba
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Does anyone know if Hamas open-sourced their rocket design?  If so, we could build a bunch and lob them into the NSA data center compound at Camp Williams, Utah from the surrounding hills.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:51 | 4977387 Bunders
Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:59 | 4976398 chumbawamba
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Does anyone know if Hamas open-sourced their rocket design?  If so, we could build a bunch and lob them into the NSA data center compound at Camp Williams, Utah from the surrounding hills.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:03 | 4976401 chumbawamba
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Why doesn't ZH admit it's being DDOS'd already?

-Chumbz.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:34 | 4976469 tickhound
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Dude, this is a 5 day old Drudge article. No need to admit what is smacking you in the face. Original thought is an exception here now. We now cater to a particular clientele. We have a specific target market. It's Disneyland now.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:29 | 4976543 JLee2027
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I doubt 1000 guys working 8 hour days could have much impact on the web. It's just too large. All up arrows will be credited to spies. All down arrows to honest trolls.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:05 | 4976756 Keyser
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Shows what you know (or don't know in this case) about internet attack strategies... 

 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:40 | 4976839 Abaco
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1000 bots on the other hand...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:08 | 4976565 schatzi
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A-fucking-men.

 

The voting system in particular enforces normative thought and opinion.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:28 | 4976806 Kayman
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shatzi

True that. Either/or choices don't leave much for the giant middle, which is where most human activity rests.

This Malaysian plane shot down could be Russia, the rebels, Ukraine or the CIA directly or indirectly by taking control of a BUK in flight. And we have heard very little about Ukraine air traffic control.

All parties have dirty hands.

 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:49 | 4976980 viahj
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except that not voting up/down is the giant middle in this system

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:47 | 4976552 effendi
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The Hamas rocket design isn't very effective. If you want to take out that complex you need a heavy round (to pierce the structure) loaded with whatever takes your fancy (there are lots of choices depending on your lab skills, but with the right instruction manuals you can make simple nerve gases, biotoxins and other fun stuff).

Bet this post gets flagged:)

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:48 | 4976317 BlindMonkey
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I wanted to down vote you just for grins but couldn't.  Anytime someone says "Fuck the Fed" I have to go green.

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:49 | 4976325 El Vaquero
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Dicipline, Mr Monkey.  Fuck the Fed, yes, but also fuck the spies. 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:49 | 4976553 BTFDemocracy
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Downvote is now upvote in ZH, but wait... now they know that too.. so maybe we secretly upvote back up and downvote again for triple reverse?

How about we just randomly upvote and downvote everything to  create total hvoc?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 08:38 | 4976653 chunga
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I still prefer the junk button.

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 23:52 | 4976389 WillyGroper
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For the past 2 days I've been constantly getting error messages & site offline responses. 

Me thinks ZH is a target. ADL?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:45 | 4976432 MASTER OF UNIVERSE
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I'll second that motion given that there is no excuse to have a downed

Internet right now and Z/H is not the only site. There is a heavy concentration of PSYOPS on Internet social media right now. The Ops

are BIG and there is obviously a keen interest in running ops for the downed plane propaganda that the CIA is running all over the Internet.

The NSA and the CIA are latently childish in their purile antics that they choose to use against dissent. Like children they soon get bored when people are not mystified any longer and know that it is a childish

prankster behind the antics. The NSA passes around hacked photos

of American citizens and that is the sort of thing that children and infants engage in. Their behaviour is regressive and not appropriate

for individuals that have matured past the stage of infantile behaviours.

The Internet houses a level of maturity that the NSA and CIA are ill prepared to understand because they are inherently regressive and immature. This is why they resort to such immature antics to prevent

the population from communicating. Like children they cannot control the discourse so they throw a tantrum to disrupt the adults from conversation. Any parent knows what their children do when they demand attention out of frustration. The same holds for the CIA and the NSA cohorts of childlike soldiers.

 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:56 | 4977406 daveO
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:06 | 4976757 Keyser
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We heard you the first 7 times... 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:06 | 4976405 WillyGroper
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For the past 2 days I've been constantly getting error messages & site offline responses. 

Me thinks ZH is a target. ADL?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:10 | 4976409 WillyGroper
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For the past 2 days I've been constantly getting error messages & site offline responses. 

Me thinks ZH is a target. ADL?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:13 | 4976412 WillyGroper
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For the past 2 days I've been constantly getting error messages & site offline responses. 

Me thinks ZH is a target. ADL?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:21 | 4976418 WillyGroper
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For the past 2 days I've been constantly getting error messages & site offline responses. 

Me thinks ZH is a target. ADL?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:23 | 4976419 WillyGroper
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For the past 2 days I've been constantly getting error messages & site offline responses. 

Me thinks ZH is a target. ADL?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:41 | 4976484 sushi
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The foregoing is a perfect example of a GCHQ "DUPLICATOR" attack in which an ordinary post is reposted multiple times to consume bandwidth, wear out eyeballs, embarrass the original poster and make everyone think he /she is a consumate dork.

 

For all the money that we pour into NSA I really think they should host a public porno site so we can all see how our neighbours are getting it on. Would give a positive glow to the gummits ever increasing tax bite. There would actually be evidence of positive value for the cash surrendered   purloined. Plus it would keep upstanding citizens from being waylaid into signing up for an all expenses ISIS trip to the nearest Caliphate.

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:29 | 4989504 WillyGroper
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I just came back to the original & found the repetitions. I can assure you that I only posted once. These people are desparate. 

I just now got a "Down for Maintenance Message". 

Too Much trufe.

Stay safe Tyler's.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:56 | 4976745 tempo
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Obama started it. USA funds Ukraine move E. w airpower, Russia funds surface to air missiles in response. Innocent people die. Does it matter if you die at 33000 ft or on the ground.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:37 | 4976825 newdoobie
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Except you scream for 33000ft

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:52 | 4977388 daveO
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Two planes from the same airline in 4 months. No way! 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:43 | 4976843 Smiley
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DOWN is the new UP.

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:39 | 4976301 Rootin' for Putin
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Well intel have been on ZH a lot the last few days then.

Need to rename it Zero Load.

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