Tuesday, February 22, 2011

HBGaryArmy

HBGary has a system of building and managing large numbers of fake identities across social networks (from the DailyKos posting by Happy Rockefeller).  This will be mobilized to build a phony political consensus for paying corporate clients (and has probably already been used by the U. S. Air Force which sought bids for the contract in a public tender, much to the consternation of some HBGary employees who thought a little discretion might be in order).  In fact, these fake identities could eventually be the subject of phony political polls, providing cover for corrupted politicians.  Manipulation of polling is going on in Wisconsin now, and an army of phony concerned citizens would just make political manipulation easier.

HBGary's employees, particularly CEO Aaron Burr, were obsessed with the use and abuse of social networks (here's the HBGary Email Viewer: Portal and search engine).  Others might also find this an interesting area for political research.  From "US Gov. Software Creates 'Fake People' on Social Networks to Promote Propaganda":
"One employee wrote, 'and now social networks are closing the gap between attacker and victim, to the point I just found (via linked-in) 112 females, wives of service men, all stationed at Hurlbert Field FL - in case you don't know this is where the CIA flies all their "private" airlines out of. What a damn joke - the U.S. is no longer the super power in cyber, and probably won't be in other areas soon.'"
So now anybody can identify the pilots (it appears that LinkedIn is particularly useful in this kind of research, but opportunities exist in every social network to turn the tables on these bastards).  There must be many more cases where loose social networking lips can sink ships.
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