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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Intercept

The Intercept, July 14, 2014
Posted: July 22nd, 2014

The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, amplif[y] sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be extremist. The capabilities, detailed in documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even include an old standby for pre-adolescent prank callers everywhere: A way to connect two unsuspecting phone users together in a call. The tools were created by GCHQs Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), and constitute some of the most startling methods of propaganda and internet deception contained within the Snowden archive. Previously disclosed documents have detailed JTRIGs use of fake victim blog posts, false flag operations, honey traps and psychological manipulation to target online activists, monitor visitors to WikiLeaks, and spy on YouTube and Facebook users. A newly released top-secret GCHQ document called JTRIG Tools and Techniques provides a comprehensive, birds-eye view of just how underhanded and invasive this units operations are. The documentavailable in full hereis designed to notify other GCHQ units of JTRIGs weaponised capability when it comes to the dark internet arts, and serves as a sort of hackers buffet for wreaking online havoc.

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