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Operation Earnest VoiceIn March 2011 The Guardian newspaper reported that Ntrepid had won a $2.76 million contract for "online persona management" (commonly known as "sockpuppetry") operations from the U.S. military. The contract is for the creation of 10 "fake online personas to influence net conversations and spread US propaganda." The technology would not be used in the U.S, or on sites owned by U.S. corporations such as Facebook and Twitter. Rather, it would be used exclusively outside the U.S. on sites owned by non-U.S. corporations, in order to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda.
Ntrepid will supply software, named "MetalGear", that will enable one operator to create and control multiple personas from one computer, "without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries". The software sought would allow a user to have 10 personas. Each persona would have a background, history, supporting details, and cyber presence that is consistent from a technical, cultural, and geographic standpoint. The user would be able to use his different online personas from the same PC, and make them appear to be coming from almost anywhere in the world, without his true location being determined even by a sophisticated enemy. The service envisioned would also communicate to the user real-time local information, so that he could appear to be socially aware as he would be if he were located in the relevant geographic location.
The project is overseen by U.S. Central Command (Centcom), whose spokesman Commander Bill Speaks stated that the operation would be carried out in languages other than English, particularly Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu. He stated that, "The technology supports classified blogging activities on foreign-language websites to enable Centcom to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the U.S."
The project will probably be based at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, and will be within the remit of Operation Earnest Voice.
Responding to jihadists’ move into social networking, U.S. Central Command is setting up cyber-stings, masking its soldiers’ IP addresses and creating deceptive online profiles in the hope of luring out the next Irhabi 007. It’s using anonymity software purchased commercially from a California-based security firm, Ntrepid, to disguise its new online activity. Never mind Googling a couple of Senators. This is an information operation.
Shaun Waterman of the Washington Times reports that Central Command paid $2.7 million for software that allows users “to exercise a number of different online persons from the same workstation and without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries.” Raw Story’s Stephen C. Webster reports that the actual CENTCOM activity is “classified,” as spokesman Bill Speaks told Webster, but an Air Force contract specified that the command wants to create “detailed, fictionalized backgrounds, to make them believable to outside observers.”
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Originally posted by JBA2848
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Seems there is a umbrella corporation that seems to own or operate most of these companies such as Ntrepid.
Cubic Corporation I think I might dig on them later.
In a sworn affidavit, Jon Donley, Editor of the online version of New Orleans’ leading newspaper, the Times Picayune, described questionable and possibly illegal behavior by about 20 individuals at the U.S Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District.
The activity occurred for several years immediately following the Corps of Engineers’ catastrophic levee failures during Katrina. Disguising their identities and using government equipment, the cadre routinely posted misleading and disparaging comments on public forums and news stories with a common theme. The group’s apparent goal, said Donley was to “attack people calling for (Corps) accountability, to silence critics and deflect independent review of the Katrina disaster.”
Originally posted by UcDat
Laughing out loud literally at 3:38 the caption says it all
Long past time to march and physically throw these criminals out of their offices tho you might want to start with the White House.