24 February 2014
- 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)
- destructive viruses
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.
- to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets
- to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable.
- "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)
- posting "negative information" on various forums
"using online techniques to make something happen in the real or cyber world," including "information ops (influence or disruption)."
- hostile nations and their leaders
- military agencies
- intelligence services
"targeting Anonymous and hacktivists amounts to targeting citizens for expressing their political beliefs, resulting in the stifling of legitimate dissent."
"there is anything terrorist/violent in their actions."
The documents lay out theories of how humans interact with one another, particularly online, and then attempt to identify ways to influence the outcomes - or "game" it:
- Does GCHQ in fact engage in "false flag operations" where material is posted to the Internet and falsely attributed to someone else?
- Does GCHQ engage in efforts to influence or manipulate political discourse online?
- Does GCHQ’s mandate include targeting common criminals (such as boiler room operators), or only foreign threats?
"It is a longstanding policy that we do not comment on intelligence matters.Furthermore, all of GCHQ’s work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from,
- the Secretary of State
- the Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners
- the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security CommitteeAll our operational processes rigorously support this position."
talk at all about anything and everything they do - is precisely why whistleblowing is so urgent, the journalism that supports it so clearly in the public interest, and the increasingly unhinged attacks by these agencies so easy to understand.