Tag Archive: Reputation

How Covert Agents Infiltrate The Internet To Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations





” 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.”

  By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

  Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today:”





” We submitted numerous questions to GCHQ, including: (1) Does GCHQ in fact engage in “false flag operations” where material is posted to the Internet and falsely attributed to someone else?; (2) Does GCHQ engage in efforts to influence or manipulate political discourse online?; and (3) Does GCHQ’s mandate include targeting common criminals (such as boiler room operators), or only foreign threats?

  As usual, they ignored those questions and opted instead to send their vague and nonresponsive boilerplate: “It is a longstanding policy that we do not comment on intelligence matters. “



   This Glenn Greenwald piece is a must read for all that have any interaction with the internet . Yes , this means you . We’re all targets now . No one is safe from attempts to destroy dissent facilitated with our own tax dollars and conducted by our own government .












A Basic Guide To Online Reputation Management







Helpful Hints For Business And People Who Care How They Are Viewed 


” The following is an overview of some of the basic, fundamental processes you can work on to begin a proactive online reputation management campaign. It can be quite difficult to cut through all of the “noise” and misinformation out there regarding this evolving and often controversial topic. The heavily-researched and heavily-scrutinized methods, processes, and company resources mentioned in this section should hopefully be extremely useful for companies and individuals that are looking to understand the basics of the online reputation management “ecosphere”. This constantly-updated “Starter Guide” should essentially serve as a very helpful information resource for businesses and individuals that are seeking to not only monitor, but have a direct and meaningful impact on their overall online presence.

Clear distinctions will be made for the differing processes of business and individual reputation management where necessary. Much of this basic ORM information discussed can be applied to both business and personal scenarios, but there will be cases that call for differing strategy suggestions, and hopefully we can clearly highlight those within this guide. As mentioned on our homepage, the majority of the suggested tactics and resources for productive and proactive ORM campaigns are essentially Search Engine Optimization tactics and resources. These SEO strategies become necessary when attempting to have an impact on the Google algorithm. In other words, SEO and online marketing strategies are necessary to effectively “optimize” your online image in the largest search engine in the world.


Sections Include 


  • Step 1. What All Has Been Said About You Online?
  • Step 2. What All Is Being Said About You Online?
  • Step 3. What You Can Do About It – “The Best Defense Is A Great Offense”
  • Exact Match Domains
  • Buying Domain Names That Include Your Keywords And Popular Neutral Or Negative Phrases
  • Local Business Listings
  • Web 2.0 Websites
  • Press Releases
  • Article Directories
  • Video Sharing Websites
  • Image Sharing Websites
  • See If You Can Acquire A Wikipedia Page
  • Post On Online Marketplaces
  • Post On Relevant Online Forums
  • Conduct Paid Advertising Campaigns
  • Post On Question and Answer Websites
  • Take Advantage Of “Tagging” On The Websites That Encourage It
  • Look Into Using A Google Plus Profile And Google Authorship
  • Keep Track of All Your Website URLs That You Develop and Promote Them Regularly by Building Links to Them
  • Leverage Pre-Existing Positive Website Content When You Can
  • Conclusion

  As we gain a bit of distance from the decision and more details come to light we are beginning to see John Roberts ‘  not as a brilliant strategist , but more as an egotistical politician , concerned only with how history views him and the “legacy” he leaves .

Jim Hoft

” According to a stunning report by CBS News, two sources with inside information concerning
the ObamaCare Tax deliberations confirmed that Chief Justice Roberts was, at first, firmly in
agreement with Conservative Justices Alito, Kennedy, Scalia, and Thomas in their conclusion that the individual mandate is.unConstitutional.  But, over time and, possibly.from external pressure, Roberts deserted his
position and switched sides to join the Liberals. ”