[cryptome] Censorship 2.0 - mental hax influencing opinions

  • From: Aftermath <aftermath.thegreat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:46:13 -0800

Very interesting article on censorship using sock puppets and influencing
mass opinions...


was originally presented at HitB2014..Very trippy stuff. The article is
pretty darn insightful, but the full story comes from the presentation.
They show examples of nation states using sock puppets to sway public
opinion, show how its possible to detect such sock puppetry and are now
creating tools to expose others doing the same thing.

From the original presentation:

"There have been many discussions online about governments making use of
sock puppets on social media sites (and on the Internet in general) to sway
popular opinion. Keen observers have spotted military RFP’s calling for the
creation of sockpuppet-control software or recruiting groups of students to
fill this space. Recent Snowden revelations reveal that GCHQ’s JTRIG has
been largely dedicated to such tasks, but there has been little talk of it
in information security circles. We hope to change that.

While many intuitively agree that sock puppets could be used for
distraction (or mass trolling), very little can be said conclusively about
such attacks, in part because they have not been widely scientifically
demonstrated & measured. We hope to change that.

In this talk, we aim to briefly cover the background of sock puppets (and
related attacks) before moving on to real world demonstrations & “attacks“.
Rigging polls, abusing Twitter, causing Reddit riots & targeting popular
news organisations are some of the (many) attacks covered. In all these
cases we discuss what we tried, what worked, what didn’t and what the
implications are of the attacks. Where possible we will cover defences and

So, if you are interested in a glimpse at “Censorship 2.0″ or just want to
learn how to troll people on Reddit, you should attend this talk."


their website

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