GoatCHQ: Brits’ 4chan-on-Steroids Trolling Powers Revealed!

The latest Snowden disclosure shows that the British signals-spies at GCHQ ought perhaps to be renamed GoatCHQ[4]… rather like the “none of us is cruel as all of us” Anonymous-4chan hive mind, GCHQ has developed some “remarkable” capabilities in the trolling and Internet-sentiment-manipulation department. [1]

The Brits have troll-stock-in-trade tricks like DDoS attacks, snarfing people’s private Facebook photos, and spam, of course.

But they can also change the outcome of online polls (which 4chan has done too) and actively attack Skype to get real-time calling records and instant messaging. One capability the Anonymous hive mind probably wishes it has? Connecting two unsuspecting people together in a call… presumably without the use of traceable Asterisk-SIP-fu.

In response to this it’s probably good to revisit the “Gentleperson’s Guide to Forum Spies.” [2]

One Slashdot commenter underscores the importance of analysis and perspective in reading all this. Most of us will look at this and laugh a little and raise an eyebrow and go on with our day. But, in the words of this guy: [3]

“You simply don’t understand how marketing works. I do it for a living […]
Give me the power to do what GCHQ claims to be able to do and I could get the person of your choice elected president of the united states.
You have no idea how powerful being able to manipulate page ranks would be. It would be staggering, unfathomable power. They could get any law
passed, any person shunned, any insane conspiracy accepted as fact. Your control of the press would be unprecedented in human history. You could tank the world economy in days, that would actually be childs play.”

[1]
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/07/14/manipulating-online-polls-ways-british-spies-seek-control-internet/
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140714/10462727873/latest-snowden-revelations-suggest-gchq-is-just-like-4chan-trolls-with-more-firepower.s html

[2]
http://cryptome.org/2012/07/gent-forum-spies.htm

[3]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=5404145&cid=47452067
,You simply don’t understand how marketing works. I do it for a living (on the database/reporting/IT side of things)

Give me the power to do what GCHQ claims to be able to do and I could get the person of your choice elected president of the united states.
You have no idea how powerful being able to manipulate page ranks would be. It would be staggering, unfathomable power. They could get any law
passed, any person shunned, any insane conspiracy accepted as fact. Your control of the press would be unprecedented in human history. You could tank the world economy in days, that would actually be childs play.

[4]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=5404145&cid=47451881 The agency has been officially outed as GoatCHQ.

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