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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riot-police's picture

Im a secret spy... agent 003. I have been messing with you guys for months.

I've been telling everyone to sell their gold.

riot-police's picture

Im a secret spy... agent 003. I have been messing with you guys for months.

I've been telling everyone to sell their gold.

riot-police's picture

Im a secret spy... agent 003. I have been messing with you guys for months.

I've been telling everyone to sell their gold.

riot-police's picture

sorry about the quadruple post. There is so much spying going on that the site has become quite unusable for me today. Twice it has been off-line. And just a blank page when I commented

green888's picture

Download takes 3 minutes- READS 2537, COMMENTS 12, NEW COMMENTS 1 -"Well done lads, nothing to see here now, move along"   

capitallosses's picture

I'm wondering where I send a Freedom of Information request for nekkid selfies of my wife, who has been distant lately.

Fuku Ben's picture


Global Co***u**ing Ho*o Queens?

Code name: Power Bottom

No offense to any compounding hobo's

aleph_0's picture

Targets of manipulation funding their own manipulation. Sounds about normal.

VWAndy's picture

They are trying to hide the concensus exists? Hmm.

 Maybe this theory could be tested?

Troy Ounce's picture



One can experience these trolls on an irregular basis in the comments section below contentious (spy) issues written in The Telegraph.

Sometimes they come out of the woodwork in droves, doing "Gods Work" like the Stasi in East Germany.


smacker's picture

Add to this outrageous behaviour by GCHQ is that last week the UK Parliament overwhelmingly approved - without scrutiny - a new Bill that Cameron tabled as "an Emergency Bill" which instructs all ISPs and Telcoms to retain records of all calls we make and our Internet activity for at least 12 months. Numerous agencies of The State will have access to the logs. And it's not just metadata that's being captured.

Whilst Cameron and the Home Secretary Theresa May claim this Bill was necessary because of a recent European Court ruling, I believe it was actually intended to retrospectively legalise GCHQ criminal activity which has been going on for a long time anyway.

And, like Mike Krieger, I believe all this spying has virtually nothing to do with anti-terrorism, protecting national security or keeping us safe from anything but is actually to keep us all under surveillance so they get early warning of a revolution coming down the tracks.

Government is an organised criminal syndicate and this new law is to protect themselves, not us.

smacker's picture

IF anybody can explain WTF this weird message means, I'd be grtateful.

It's just appeared at the top of a ZH news article on my screen:

TalkToLind's picture

It just means that a database query that loads content on the page has failed.  

smacker's picture

Thanks, that's a relief.

For one moment I thought I was under attack from GCHQ ...

smacker's picture

dupe deleted.

Dupes caused by access to ZH going haywire and not loading.

Troy Ounce's picture


The egg heads are trolling this site. Your mother would be proud of you.

Fast eazy's picture

I never comment and just browse here to learn things but I have to comment: Just accessing this site probably puts you on some alphabet agencies list LOL

orangegeek's picture

saw the movie recently - richard burton, john hurt


the flow of information is remarkably similar to today


no wonder Barry wants to hand over icann to the UN - this move fucks any freedom forever

tony wilson's picture

most of the british spies are busy downloading child snuff rape movies or hanging out at clubs like hoist or the horse meat disco just near mi6 vauxhall.

sometimes walking near vauxhall  under the railway bridges you can hear the faint distance cry of children screaming please mr please let us go/

my belief is we should not teach children sex education at school,we should teach them about the satanic nature of jewish blood sacrifice.

and if approached by a rabbi or a gchq type too run away.

magpie's picture

Almost happened to David Camoron himself...don't mention the McCanns.

Jew Satanics are quite wasteful, they take the kids blood...whereas Celts like eat...but i digress. Even the nuns Ireland left the bodies in the sewer. "Without a trace" someone who was interested in archaeolgy i always wondered why graves were so uncommon for the Dolmen/menhir culture of Western Europe, another subject entirely.

Hengist's picture

Because they burned the bodies, it's kind of hard to bury someone in just 2 foot of topsoil.  

Jackagain's picture

Even the Brits are Jews now in your warped mind? I'll bet you blame them for your bad weather too...

Other than that you may be on to something...                                                                                              


WTFx10's picture

The brits ZOG coup happened hundreds of years ago. They are better at hiding it.

roadhazard's picture

The British don't hold a candle to internet misinformation and bullshit by a long shot. ZH is living proof. 

Kayman's picture


ZH usually frames a question around issues for which there is no clear answer. That sure beats "first out of the gate" with false "facts" that mainstream media upchucks.

And the comment section is, well... not the same as it once was.

freedogger's picture

So none of you are real and I've just been talking to myself these past years? Figures

kurt's picture

I say old Bean.

I'm glad you are our allies. I'm sure you've overcome that whole "loss of empire and decent into an evicerated characature of your former glory" thing.

As our faithful ally we are comforted by your care for what and how we think. It's like having a Big Brother and we can be secure in your support of the every day man and not Oligarchs, Royalty, or perverted cabals of jaded sadists.

Ban KKiller's picture

I feel safe. Thank you NSA,FBI,TSA,CIA, SEC, MIC, STATE POLICE and my friendly local police all over New Mexico. Doubleplus good!

Kayman's picture

You forgot to thank the FED. That bastion of monetary morality (stand still while I trickle down on ya).  That producer of pallets of clean crisp FRN's standing at the ready to grease the skids on every dirty little deal the MIC can dream up.

TalkToLind's picture

I won't feel safe until the local traffic cops are driving Abrams tanks...and not a moment sooner.  

viahj's picture

events sure have been accelerating these past few months.  ensure to take precautions and be ready.

Hengist's picture

As someone who has been on the closely watched and monitored list for years even had the guys parked outside my accomadation occassionally (I have no idea why I made the list), you can have fun with these idiots.  When calling a friend on skype (and he loves a good conspiracy as much as the next man) you can detect when they are they are intercepting your call as the signal degrades and you get strange background noises just mention that you know they are on the line and you've been f**k**g his missus.  The call will be disconnected in seconds.