Intelligence Agency Targets Public Opinion With Polls, Likes, Hits and Other Social Tricks
Posted on Jul 15, 2014
According to a new report based on Edward Snowden leaks by the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, Britain’s GCHQ has developed a library of tools that allow the agency to aggressively manipulate the public.
According to the report, British agents can rig online polls, make websites and select videos appear more popular than they are, peep at private Facebook photos, spy on eBay auctions and Skype calls and, among still more dirty tricks, impersonate targets’ personal email addresses.
The GCHQ is Britain’s equivalent of the NSA, and given the history of cooperation between the two agencies, it’s not a wild leap to guess that the U.S. may have similar capabilities or at least the means to achieve them.
Greenwald reports further that British authorities outside GCHQ might not even know what’s going on:
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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