It is not known who perpetrated the action, but it is reminiscent of the early CIA’s Operation Mockingbird, in which propaganda was strategically placed in select media outlets to influence and control events. And people.
Last week’s incident took on a more modern approach: phony Facebook and Twitter accounts were created “under the names of the reporter and editor with postings denigrating their professional reputations,” according to USA Today. The timing of it is highly suspicious, coinciding with “stories by Pentagon correspondent Tom Vanden Brook, who has written about the military’s ‘information operations’ program that spent large sums on marketing campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Three popular Vietnamese bloggers have been charged with spreading anti-government propaganda. A state-run newspaper reported that the three are accused of posting 421 articles on their blogs that “distorted and opposed the State.” It’s what totalitarian regimes do.
FBI warns of virus shutting down your Internet access in July
This is only a test: Cyber war gaming – China and U.S. go at each other
Is a cyber war game going on between the two countries of China and the United States? They’re cooperating with each other for what purpose? To help prevent a sudden military escalation between each side? Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?
According to a report published in The Guardian, both countries have been engaging in war games “amid rising anger in Washington over the scale and audacity of Beijing-coordinated cyber attacks on Western governments and big business.”
Commercial pilot texts, nearly crashing jet on landing
I hope it was an important text. Texting in the cockpit during the landing process is never a good thing. Just ask this captain and his co-pilot.
“Please turn off all portable electronic devices” message will now apply to pilots as well as passengers. The Internet in the cockpit, or your driver’s seat. Never a good idea.
It started in Sweden, and now it’s come to America. Kopimists – a group of people who believe everything on the Internet should be open and accessible to everyone. “Kopimi” is a play on words signifying “copy me.” Weird? According to an article in U.S. News, this religion’s dogma “centers on the belief that people should be free to copy and distribute all information – regardless of any copyright or trademarks.” Find it on Facebook.
On a somewhat saner note, Ask A Cyber Lawyer, a website run by an attorney, addresses developing issues in the area of Internet law for both legal professionals and the public. Published by Illinois attorney James Skyles, Ask a Cyber Lawyer is a project of Skyles Law Group, LLC.
Nielsen identifies most active social group on the Internet
At a recent blogger conference, we learned about a helpful website called Liberty Chick that provides some of the most helpful links to do opposition research. Whether you’re a liberty-minded activist, you run a non-profit organization or you’re simply interested in getting more involved in constitutional advocacy on your own, this site will help you.
A new tool called “Gmail Meter” will show your Gmail usage, including how many emails you’ve received, starred, sent or replied to. Also, your daily traffic is charted out. Useful? I invite your feedback.