Revealed: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people | The Raw Story
In the continuing saga of data security firm HBGary, a new caveat has come to light: not only did they plot to help destroy secrets outlet WikiLeaks and discredit progressive bloggers, they also crafted detailed proposals for software that manages online "personas," allowing a single human to assume the identities of as many fake people as they'd like.On the 15th of this month, Homeland Security "accidentally" shut down 84,000 websites. Going after child pornography websites, the Department of Homeland Security managed to kick thousands of sites off line:
The revelation was among those contained in the company's emails, which were dumped onto bittorrent networks after hackers with cyber protest group "Anonymous" broke into their systems.
In another document unearthed by "Anonymous," one of HBGary's employees also mentioned gaming geolocation services to make it appear as though selected fake persons were at actual events.
"There are a variety of social media tricks we can use to add a level of realness to all fictitious personas," it said.
Happy Rockerfeller writes about this at The Daily Kos. And assures us there is no relation "in no way" to Happy Rockerfeller of the Rockerfellers.
Without notice, all 84,000 sites had their content blocked and visitors were re-directed to a Homeland Security banner that read, "This domain name has been seized by the ICE - Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court..." followed by a warning about the consequences of distributing child pornography.The "kill switch" bill was introduced in June of 2010 by Senator Joe Lieberman, which would give Obama the power to shut down the internet. The bill is called the "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, or PCNAA." Alex Jones at Prison Planet reported on this back then, with link to the pdf of the 197 page bill. Also in support of this bill is Rockerfeller:
The error was quickly noticed, but because of the time it takes DNS addresses — essentially an index of the Internet — to propogate across the web, some websites still carried the DHS warning up to three days later.
The bill has the vehement support of Senator Jay Rockefeller, who last year asked during a congressional hearing, “Would it had been better if we’d have never invented the Internet?” while fearmongering about cyber-terrorists preparing attacks.