Long before the FBI, CIA, DNI and NSA figured out that Russia was bombarding social media with an avalanche of disinformation, fake news and bots, a fellow blogger, Rob Goldstein of Art by Rob Goldstein.com had been sounding the alarms about this issue for several months in advance of the US presidential election day. And others including myself picked up on the mantle.
Tidbit: In months July/ August 2017 watch groups have noted a 5300% increase in Russian bots/ trolls demanding the firing of the NSA secretary, General H.R. McMaster.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On August 4, 2017, Shimon Prokupezc, Pamela Brown and Evan Perez of CNN penned the following report, “Exclusive: FBI tracked ‘fake news’ believed to be from Russia on Election Day.”
“The FBI monitored social media on Election Day last year in an effort to track a suspected Russian disinformation campaign utilizing “fake…
I’ve seen some nasty stuff on Social Media, but nothing as insidious as the innocuous looking quizzes on Facebook that people take and share with
On the surface, these quizzes look like simple fun.
You take a quiz about the kind of super power you think you have and
the quiz tells you something flattering about yourself.
But multiply these quizzes by hundreds with hundreds of differently
phrased questions, and researchers can a build an exact profile
of who you are, what you believe, and which arguments are most
likely to sway you.
This is the use of advanced psychological profiling for political
warfare. And Facebook did nothing to stop this.
“…a form of political warfare conducted by Soviet intelligence and security services to influence the course of world events. Active measures range “from media manipulations to special actions involving various degrees of violence” and include disinformation, propaganda, counterfeiting official documents, assassinations…”
I have been ruminating lately on our situation regarding aspects of Russian interference (active measures) and the new President of the United States. In previous posts I have delved into the Wilderness of Mirrors of counterintelligence that we find ourselves in today as well as some other musings on motives that the Russians and the President (and his minions) may have in relation to their actions. Today though, on the morning of the big Comey interview in congress, I would like to cover the fabricator. By fabricator I mean the intelligence term and not the guy who makes something on the line at the local plant. A fabricator in the parlance of spies means someone who lies, creates stories, and half truths in order to deceive in order to mislead intelligence operations. More to the point, I would like to submit that in the goings on today you will…