US Gov. Software Creates ‘Fake People’ on Social Networks to Promote Propaganda

Editor’s Note: If you are not familiar with the HBGary company, it was a ‘security firm’ that worked for the U.S. Government and has now been exposed for using some of the dirtiest, privacy invading, and possibly illegal technological tactics to further their political agendas. The exposure of these tactics along with the fall of the firm are the indirect result of information released by WikiLeaks. HBGary, which flaunted it’s ability to hack the group ‘Anonymous’, was practically destroyed overnight in retaliation by the group, who took down their website, replaced it with a still image, and then deleted the firm’s backups, released the companies private emails on the Pirate Bay and exposed the company for their shady tactics, which possibly include providing false data to the U.S. Government. Most companies, banks, and government agencies that were affiliated with HBGary, or used their services in the past, have severed ties with the firm. See the bottom of this article for more links.

From examiner.com

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 activists last week.

Click here to view the government contract (PDF) (original)

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http://blogs.forbes.com/parmyolson/2011/02/11/anonymous-ready-to-dump-more-hbgary-e-mails-launch-anonleaks/

http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=10572

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2274733/anonymous-wikileaks-hbgary

There is ton more information available by searching for ‘HBGary’.


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