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Social Media Spies

American lobby card for the German film  Spione  (English title:  Spies ) (1928). •  Wikimedia Commons  (Rainbow hacked.)

American lobby card for the German film Spione (English title: Spies) (1928). • Wikimedia Commons (Rainbow hacked.)

International espionage reimagined.

Cyberspace replaces physical space, but the modus operandi remains the same.* Secret communication still takes place.* The proliferation of security cameras means that international government agents need to use social media to communicate in code.* Believe it or not, but this is what the mainstream news media reports.* Modern James Bond wannabes have social media footprints that may or may not be able to withstand logical scrutiny.* These secret agents cannot leave coded messages in real-world locations like they used to do.* Countless security cameras make this impossible.* Now they use social media to communicate.*

International espionage agents have used radio as a tool.* Social media is no different.*

Of course, social media is also a powerful public relations platform. Messages matter and intelligence agencies know this.* But social media is a double-edged sword.* Everyone now has access to the same communication technology.* Espionage agencies no longer have the informational advantage they once did. Anyone can now play the role of an intelligence agency analyst too. The internet, with its hyperlinked research potential, ensures a level playing field. The game board may change, but the rules remain the same.

State-Sponsored Cyber Espionage Through Social Media

Exposing An Online Members Only Club

“Social media, chat rooms and gaming. An increasingly popular way of disguising messages in seemingly innocuous interchanges between online "gamers". Many online forums are encrypted and require passwords to join. Some may well be infiltrated by government intelligence agents posing as online militants.” • BBC NEWS

34C3 - Uncovering British spies’ web of sockpuppet social media personas

Social Media Spies Research Links:

“How the CIA made Google”

https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

“Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance.”

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/04/27/the-spycraft-revolution-espionage-technology/

“CIA’s Latest Greatest Failure”

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/11/08/cia-latest-greatest-failure/

“Spies are the new journalists.”

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/285830/spies-are-the-new-journalists

"Expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize"

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/78kdga/spies-use-tinder-and-its-as-creepy-as-youd-think

“At The CIA, A Fix To Communications System That Left Trail Of Dead Agents Remains Elusive”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/at-the-cia-a-fix-to-communications-system-that-left-trail-of-dead-agents-remains-elusive_n_5c094117e4b069028dc7696a

“Why Spies Need To Think Low Tech To Communicate Securely Online”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2018/12/06/why-spies-need-to-think-low-tech-to-communicate-securely-online/#b7e9633734c2

“Spies hide secret messages”

https://www.wired.com/2010/06/alleged-spies-hid-secret-messages-on-public-websites/

“Spies use radio”

https://www.wearethemighty.com/history/spies-use-radio-stations-communicate

“Spies hid codes”

https://www.livescience.com/6652-russian-spies-hid-secret-codes-online-photos.html

“Internet new intelligence age.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/10/likewar-internet-new-intelligence-age-flynn/571903/

“Social Media Is a Tool of the CIA. Seriously”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/social-media-is-a-tool-of-the-cia-seriously/

“THE U.S. SPY HUB IN THE HEART OF AUSTRALIA”

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/19/nsa-spy-hub-cia-pine-gap-australia/

“US Spies on Chat Rooms”

https://www.wired.com/2004/10/u-s-spies-on-chat-rooms/

“NSA Intelligence Relationship with Australia, dated April 2013”

https://www.abc.net.au/cm/lb/8824538/data/nsa-intelligence-relationship-with-australia-data.pdf

“NSA allows Australia to spy on US law firm”

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/02/nsa-sanctions-australias-spying-on-us-law-firm-representing-a-foreign-country/

“CIA, FBI computers used for Wikipedia edits”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-security-wikipedia/cia-fbi-computers-used-for-wikipedia-edits-idUSN1642896020070816

“The CIA Made A Card Game... And We're Releasing It”

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180422/00263739686/cia-made-card-game-were-releasing-it.shtml

“Online gaming surveillance: So many NSA & CIA spies, they were spying on each other”

https://www.computerworld.com/article/2475679/online-gaming-surveillance--so-many-nsa---cia-spies--they-were-spying-on-each-other.html

“Target Finding for the Empire: The NSA and the Pine Gap Facility”

https://intpolicydigest.org/2017/08/21/target-finding-empire-nsa-pine-gap-facility/

“World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games”

https://www.propublica.org/article/world-of-spycraft-intelligence-agencies-spied-in-online-games

“Spy Games: NSA and CIA Allegedly Tried to Recruit World of Warcraft and Second Life Players – Documents suggest virtual surveillance in games dates back to at least 2008.”

http://techland.time.com/2013/12/09/spy-games-the-nsa-and-cia-allegedly-tried-to-recruit-world-of-warcraft-and-second-life-players/

“What We Know About the CIA’s Midcentury Mind-Control Project – Project MKUltra began on this day in 1953 and continued for years”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-we-know-about-cias-midcentury-mind-control-project-180962836/

“Australia has 6 intelligence agencies: Here's what they are and the work they do”

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-6-intelligence-agencies-heres-what-they-are-and-the-work-they-do-2013-11

“Harnessing Open Source Intelligence: Social Media and the CIA”

http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/Americas/2009/October/Harnessing-Open-Source-Intelligence--Social-Media-and-the-CIA.html

“Government Uses Social Networking Sites for More than Investigations”

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/08/government-monitors-much-more-social-networks

“Australia Said to Play Part in N.S.A. Effort - The New York Times”

https://www.nytimes.com/.../australia-participated-in-nsa-program-document-says.html

“CIA To Spy on Chat Rooms”

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/403390/cia-to-spy-on-chat-rooms/

“CIA Monitors Youtube For Intelligence”

https://www.informationweek.com/cia-monitors-youtube-for-intelligence/d/d-id/1064289

“After NSA and Microsoft, Australia’s top cybersec agency says to patch that Windows Bluekeep bug”

https://www.cso.com.au/article/662624/after-nsa-microsoft-australia-top-cybersec-agency-says-patch-windows-bluekeep-bug/

“CIA to Expand Cyber Espionage Capabilities”

https://thediplomat.com/2015/02/cia-to-expand-cyber-espionage-capabilities/

“The CIA Is Training Its Officers With D&D-Style Tabletop RPGs”

https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-cia-is-training-its-officers-with-d-d-style-tableto-1793295549

“CIA Secretly Monitors World”

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45164661/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/t/cia-secretly-monitors-world-twitter-facebook/#.XVQXypNKjUI

“Revealed: CIA Funding Companies that Specialize in Social Media Spying”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/15/revealed-cia-funding-companies-specialize-social-media-spying

“The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics”

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/10/the-science-of-spying-how-the-cia-secretly-recruits-academics

“14 cutting edge firms funded by the CIA”

https://www.businessinsider.com/companies-funded-by-cia-2016-9

“CIA Launches Anonymous Site on the Tor Network”

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/cia-anonymous-tor-onion-site,39284.html

“What do I need to know about the CIA's hacking program?”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cia-wikileaks-q-a/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-the-cias-hacking-program-idUSKBN16F2P8

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/spies-data-mi6-cia-gordon-corera

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-Q-Tel

https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/spies-age-social-media-ex-cia-experts-reveal-challenges-modern-espionage-1631042

https://www.wired.com/story/cia-sets-up-shop-on-tor/

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/11/06/cias-secret-online-network-unravelled-with-a-google-search/

https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4409762/Newspaper-claims-Internet-search-reveals-CIA-agents--March-12--2006

https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/how-social-media-shapes-our-identity

https://www.vice.com/da/article/kw5mav/intelligence-agencies-are-leaching-social-networks-to-spy-on-you

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/07/29/spies-police-seek-backdoor-access-encrypted-social-media-combat/

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/17/uk-spies-using-social-media-data-for-mass-surveillance/

https://news.clearancejobs.com/2015/04/02/spy-social-media-age/

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cias-communications-suffered-catastrophic-compromise-started-iran-090018710.html

https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/441480-inside-the-secret-world-of-the-cias-social-media-team

https://psmag.com/environment/some-spy-agencies-drop-tupac-references-some-say-nothing

https://www.history.com/news/the-cia-at-70-how-going-undercover-has-gotten-harder

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-24784756

https://thehackernews.com/2012/11/new-dead-drop-techniques-used-by.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1986/06/14/dropping-off-like-spies/7afd7abe-c4f5-45c9-8299-9a914a949780/

https://thehackernews.com/2012/11/new-dead-drop-techniques-used-by.html

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-cias-latest-greatest-failure/5659260

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/nsa-top-secret-program-online-data

https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/441480-inside-the-secret-world-of-the-cias-social-media-team

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/10/the-science-of-spying-how-the-cia-secretly-recruits-academics

https://www.businessinsider.com/companies-funded-by-cia-2016-9

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/social-media-is-a-tool-of-the-cia-seriously/

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/cia-anonymous-tor-onion-site,39284.html

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-we-know-about-cias-midcentury-mind-control-project-180962836/

https://thediplomat.com/2015/02/cia-to-expand-cyber-espionage-capabilities/

https://www.computerworld.com/article/2475679/online-gaming-surveillance--so-many-nsa---cia-spies--they-were-spying-on-each-other.html

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/285830/spies-are-the-new-journalists

https://bobsullivan.net/cybercrime/technology-run-amok/u-s-spies-played-video-games-when-they-were-supposed-to-be-hunting-terrorists/

https://www.wired.com/2004/10/u-s-spies-on-chat-rooms/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6389669/US-spies-invest-in-internet-monitoring-technology.html

https://www.iflscience.com/policy/nsa-used-public-tweets-to-communicate-with-russian-spies-in-secret/

https://www.informationweek.com/cia-monitors-youtube-for-intelligence/d/d-id/1064289

https://www.wired.com/2004/10/u-s-spies-on-chat-rooms/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/02/surveillance-watching-you/

https://slate.com/technology/2012/11/petraeus-and-broadwell-should-have-used-pgp-encryption-and-tor-not-dead-dropping-to-secure-affair-emails.html

https://thehackernews.com/2012/11/new-dead-drop-techniques-used-by.html

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/1508684/British-agents-caught-red-handed-by-Russia.html

https://qz.com/1145669/googles-true-origin-partly-lies-in-cia-and-nsa-research-grants-for-mass-surveillance/

“How do terrorists communicate?”

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-24784756