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Snowden Docs Show UK's Digital Spies Using Viruses, Honey Traps 92

Posted by timothy
from the at-least-it's-an-ethos dept.
An anonymous reader writes "At the start of this week, documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden detailed DDOS attacks on chatrooms by a British online intelligence unit dubbed the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). Now he has released a new trove showing that JTRIG is about much more than purely online annoyances. According to the documents, released to NBC News, JTRIG's role is to "deny, disrupt, degrade and deceive" by any means possible. These techniques include destroying an individual's computer with a custom virus dubbed "Ambassador's Reception", setting up social media honey traps to harvest embarrassing information, actively attacking companies online and off, and planting data on people's systems."
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Snowden Docs Show UK's Digital Spies Using Viruses, Honey Traps

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  • reasonable doubt? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 08, 2014 @01:44PM (#46196729)

    "planting data on people's systems."

    I don't know what the laws are in the UK. I would imagine that could get many "cyber crimes" tossed. How can it be proven that any evidence wasn't planted now?

    • by richlv (778496)

      so actually... slashdot media is not responsible for beta, it's JTRIG/GCHQ !

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Good question, all police forces are told to never plant evidence as this will invalidate all their cases that involve computer crimes, secret services evidence isn't allowed to be shown in courts though so they probably don't get to even challenge it, this smacks of a kangaroo court and people should stop burying their heads in sands and start paying attention to what Mr Snowden has to say..

  • The more people that repeatedly search on 'Ambassador's Reception', the more fun the security wonks will have trying to figure out why the spike and which ambassador :)
    • The more people that repeatedly search on 'Ambassador's Reception', the more fun the security wonks will have trying to figure out why the spike and which ambassador :)

      Of course they all want to watch this 'classic' tv ad... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

      Maybe the 'honeytrap' involved bribing people with offers of aspirational confectionary?

  • Planting Data? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 08, 2014 @01:54PM (#46196813)

    Like say, Child Pornography?

    How the hell is planting data legal? When did we start seeing that framing people for prosecution and incarceration was acceptable in ANY way?

    • When did we start seeing that framing people for prosecution and incarceration was acceptable in ANY way?

      The afternoon of 11th of September, 2001. Except now, we skip the incarceration and legal prosecution part and cut straight to the execution.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    How many times in the last twenty years did people try to warn you about the extent of operations by the establishment in the West? And how many times did the usual vile shills warn you to ignore the "tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy nutters"? Indeed, how hard did the mainstream media work to discredit anti-government types in the dramas presented to the sheeple?

    Snowden has revealed that the forces of Obama and Blair go infinitely further than you might have imagined in your worst nightmares, and yet Snowden

  • by Ralph Spoilsport (673134) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @05:11PM (#46198211) Journal
    a ticker tape parade and $10 million dollars. His revelations are critically important to our time. It is imperative the US Govt heed him and his supporters, on both the left and the right. Because if they continuing pulling this evil bullshit, eventually, there will be another Snowden. Only, the next Snowden might not be so nice or thoughtful.
  • by jraff2 (2828801) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @05:21PM (#46198273) Homepage
    The Government now will be the goto excuse for anyone with any type of computer hackery, virus, trojan, malwear, etc. including ilicit images and pornography. I am not to blame, the Gov.; NSA, FBI, CIA, other TLAs used "Ambassador's Reception" (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/14/02/08/1438242/snowden-docs-show-uks-digital-spies-using-viruses-honey-traps) to put it on my compuer. Prove me wrong! The Gov. reply will be some form of "we can neither confirm nor deny"... End of case,
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