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

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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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  • by arth1 (260657) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @01:43PM (#46196715) Homepage Journal

    Oh, I won't make them money because I am allowed "to have ads disabled"...

    Even with ads disabled, you make them money by writing posts that others come to see. If the contributors cease to contribute, there will be no ad-viewing audience either.

    What upper management need to realize, is that without the contributors and deep discussions they have, Slashdot is nothing.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • BETA FAIL (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 08, 2014 @01:58PM (#46196841)

    I too dislike BETA. However. has it occurred to no-one that regular Slashdot could probably be made to look like BETA in about 5 minutes in CSS (Minus the fail) thus proving that a re-write is completely unnecessary. There surely must be people frequenting this site that could do the job in 5 minutes? They need to fire the people that took as long as it has taken to write something as poor as has been produced AND fire everyone who thought it would be acceptable for BETA to be rolled out to production in it's current state.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 08, 2014 @02:06PM (#46196917)

    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 has not been allowed to even scratch the true surface of current projects that target the entire populations of nations.

    -You'll hear nothing from Snowden about the inBloom project set up by Bill Gates and Rupert "Fox News" Murdoch in the USA.
    -You'll hear nothing from Snowden about the creation and deployment of the NSA Kinect II spy platform in Microsoft's Xbox One console.
    -You'll hear nothing from Snowden about the intimate connection between Google and the NSA.
    -You'll hear nothing from Snowden about how all the 'self-driving car' nonsense is simply designed to groom the general populace to accept autonomous robotic war-machines.

    Snowden is an unwilling dupe- everything he leaks was carefully vetted, and represents what is known as an "INOCULATION PLOY". Citizens of previous authoritarian regimes, like East Germany, could explain. You see, in a ruthless police state, there is no point lying to the sheeple about the nature of the world they live in. Instead, you use propaganda to remind them that everything in their life is subject to police-state interference, and they better get used to the fact.

    In other words, you use aspects of the truth to inoculate them against dangerous 'concerns' about the nature of state abuses.

    "Yes, of course Obama spies on us, and of course I don't like it. But what are you going to do? Computers keep getting better, and the government is always going to use the toys available to it. Our kids will be so used to it, it won't even bother them."

    GET A CLUE, YOU CRETINOUS SHEEPLE. There is NOTHING to prevent the US Constitution from being amended to add fundamental Rights to Privacy that take precedence over all forms of potential pre-emptive full surveillance spying by the US government. And for the dirty dirty shills who will reply that such an amendment would hamstring the ability of the government to fight 'terrorism', let me ask you this.


    The shills you see flooding forums like these at Slashdot would not bother if their actions were not effective to some degree. You sheeple, no matter how highly you regard your independence of thought, hold opinions 99.9% of which match those given to you by the mainstream media outlets you so cretinously trust.

    Let me ask you another question- if you are American with kids at school, what have YOU done to fight the inBloom spying operation on your children crafted by Gates and Murdoch? Have you visited your school to inform the management there that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES may they enter data about your children into Rupert "Fox News" Murdoch's database? Of course not. They win, and will always win, because the things you CAN do as a citizen, you find every excuse under the sun to NOT do.

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