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Why Is the Military Creating an Army of Fake People on the Internet?

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posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 09:41 PM
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Why Is the Military Creating an Army of Fake People on the Internet?Here's a slight glimpse into the Air Force's cyber warfare efforts: a request for bids from last summer for "Persona Management Software," which would allow one person to command an army of fake online people.

From the request, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website:

"Software will allow 10 personas per user, replete with background , history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographacilly consistent. Individual applications will enable an operator to exercise a number of different online persons from the same workstation and without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries. Personas must be able to appear to originate in nearly any part of the world and can interact through conventional online services and social media platforms."

The request was for 50 licenses, which means the Air Force hoped to create up to 500 fake Internet people. The request was filled in June, which means these fake people could be roaming the 'net right now. According to the request, the software was to be deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why? To secretly gather embarrassing party pics from Taliban solders' Facebook profiles? To swing Iraq newspaper polls about whether the U.S. is evil? May they'll help us beat out North Korea in eBay auctions for rogue nukes


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posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 09:43 PM
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Based on some of the recent postings, they aren't the only ones doing it.

It seems like the Koch brothers have some multis on ATS union bashing: word choice patterns seem very similar in some cases.



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 09:46 PM
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do u have any examples of this?



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 09:50 PM
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Go into the Wisconsin teacher threads and check out the union bashers. I won't bias the issue by naming anyone in particular, just read with an eye to multis and decide for yourself.



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 09:55 PM
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So is this kind of like using botnets? You create one account online or something and then they all mimic or imitate the original user?



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 09:55 PM
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Perhaps all these fake posters/sock-puppets will eventually be used to populate China's new empty cities.

It's a virtual future out there...



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 09:56 PM
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Interesting... Porn sites have been employing this tactic for YEARS.

2nd line.



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 09:58 PM
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predictable and typical human nature..

when something starts to slip away what do humans do? squeeze ever tighter..

the elites/govt are losing their grip on "us" and are squeezing harder and doing more outlandishly pathetic and desperate things trying to keep their death grip on "us"..

i for one see this as their eveidence of wekaness and we the peeps need to seize the opportunity to completely break free. PTTC (PREACHING TO THE CHOIR)

and as they lose their grip (knowingly) the economic engineered depression will insure they have enough desperate sell-outs willing to do whatever they are told to avoid poverty..



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 10:03 PM
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i'll tell you exactly what it is.

according to your report there are now at least 500 fake people roaming the net... these are the persona they have and will use to entrap young feeble minded people, to carry out "fake" false flag attacks, and i say fake false flags because there won't be any real danger. they'll use these fakes to prove just how the internet is a danger to national security.. blah blah blah, yadda yadda...you get my drift...



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 10:15 PM
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The entire damned internet is populated with 'fake' persona's and has been since day one.

This IS the biggest tool for propaganda ever devised by man, after all.

Look how even on this 'ignorance denying' site anyone that disagrees with us is a 'plant' or 'disinfo' agent...the net has zero credibility anyway.



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 10:17 PM
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500 fake people??? They should know any internet dating site has a million, lol

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posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 11:46 PM
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These could be used to build a "legend" or what is known as a cover story for a spy or undercover agent.

If you have someone that you believe is a undercover agent today one of the first and easiest thing to do is check the Internet.

Now with the Military Creating an Army of Fake People on the Internet there undercover people can have a old face book page from high school and other cover stories ready just by adding a photo and other information to create a "legend"



posted on Feb, 21 2011 @ 01:12 AM
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Leave it to the Air Force to mismanage funds.

Wasn't the NSA's job to police the internet? Why was the Air Force pawned off their job?

Oh yeah.....to try and justify keeping the Air Force a separate military branch. With manned flight for warfare coming to an end.....guess cyber fighting will be the thing to justify keeping all those Air Force officers.

Our country would be better off if the Air Wings were put back under the US Army. We won WWII with that cheaper setup. They need to go. We'd save Billions and maybe we could afford to buy new airplanes to replace the relic B-52 /KC-135's.



posted on Feb, 21 2011 @ 01:20 AM
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Maybe they used these fake people to help spur the revolutions in Libya and Egypt. Maybe now they're working on China.

They're using the power of groupthink to cause mass action (they probably got the idea from teenagers and flash mobs); the more people that speak out, the more people will be willing to speak out.

I'm surprised no one has said this yet.



posted on Feb, 21 2011 @ 04:36 AM
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steering other nations peoples into action is one aspect. the other is the internal system i suspect is currently running to 'guide' or even discredit persons who touch raw nerves with regards to sensitive information. i have no proof but being here since inception, over the years i have come across questionable personas. this is after all a free site (the best imo) with many members so it would not be unreasonable to assume that there is a presence.
regards fakedirt



posted on Feb, 21 2011 @ 05:57 AM
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I've been reading ATS for some time now and I'm actually a little paranoid about joining and posting, but this particular thread struck a resonant chord within me as I happen to be a sports fan.


Well this practice and behavior is quite rampant amongst hype-based enterprises such as professional sports, and has been for a long, long time.

It's not the big boys like the Lakers or the Heat either, it is the businesses that are complacent with their profit margin despite their continued parading of a poor (losing) product.

A couple years ago, Raymond Ridder (PR director for the golden state warriors, NBA Basketball), took the fall for several personalities that popped up on different news sites and warriors forums to promote the team.

It was fairly obvious that it wasn't just Ridder, but he took the fall to ensure that everyone kept their jobs.

After that the team changed their employee internet policy to maintain the anonymity of their online agenda promoters. While the Warriors said that the incident was unfortunate they did not say that they would stop posting anonymously in fan forums and on news articles.

Hence it didn't end there. In fact the Golden State Warriors, and some NBA teams have expanded their operations. Vendors paid by the team and third party PR councils have embedded themselves deep within the fan forums and communities to exercise their message control at almost every turn. Almost to the point where certain discourse communities have been hijacked, complicitly or otherwise. Ask the right question or put management/ownership in a corner and the plants will be on you like a fly on doo doo.

Not to mention that the NBA polices wikipedia with a passion.

Also if you look at the sorry state of journalism you will notice a trend amongst journalists who are increasingly sacrificing accountability and honesty for access. Plus sports franchises aggressively enforce the insider/outsider paradigms.

Consumer efficacy within the mediascape is at an all-time low. Astroturfing law (a derivative of wire fraud) is relatively new (depending on how you view it) and is far from complete or comprehensive within the United States (only a few states have adopted laws against it). The odds against consumer/public protections in this regard are staggering. The money, willpower and infrastructure to stop the lies from just about any business or enterprise with the resources to deliver a message (and they can outsource too) are very few and far between. Modern boiler rooms are actually vast networks of contracted services.

The navigation of these morally and ethically corrupted hegelian dialectics is the reality for the plugged in public. As far as this relates to the government I have no idea what they are actually doing (although I'm sure they are doing), but from a consumer's perspective it is no bueno.
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posted on Mar, 9 2011 @ 10:20 AM
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I'd be willing to bet a certain political party already has them registered to vote!

I don't like the idea of fake people - virtual or otherwise. That may be why I was not very good at certain jobs I used to do. I could lie, and was good at it. But, it did not sit well with me and I had to get out to be able to live with myself. The ends do not justify the means.



posted on Mar, 9 2011 @ 10:32 AM
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These are not botnets. You can think of these as "roles" for an actor. A single person is given ten ready-made "personas" to "inhabit". These different "masks" would come with their own social networking sites, complete with pictures, friends lists, etc, guidelines for the persona - such as gender, age, interests, personality type, IQ level, quirks, hobbies, etc., and a handy-dandy proxy so that IP traces, even at an administration level, will show the correct region that the persona is supposed to be from.

So, bots? No. The end all, be all, Cadillac of sock puppets? Yes.

~Heff



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