Monday, June 6, 2011

Internet warfare and social media: From Arab "springs" to Chinese "revolutions" and more

I have wanted to address the ongoing war of words between the US and China over alleged "hack attacks".

Upon further reading.... getting away from the hyperbole of mainstream media headlines, let's take a look at what allegedly went on.

While the msm was screaming "hack attacks" what is being claimed at this time is "Phishing" was going on. Allegedly from China? But, the reality is who really knows?

Geez, phishing. That just doesn't sound as threatening as a "Hack Attack".
I can't help but wonder if the media was fear mongering?
They wouldn't do that?? Would they??
You know they would! You know they have! you know they will! You know they do!

To recap, there was no hack attack. There was alleged phishing.
If you don't now what phishing is, you would have to be living under a rock.
Phishing is an e-mail sent to you an individual , from what appears to be a trusted source, trying to get you to give up your personal information. Phishing
I am pretty sure most everyone who receives e-mail has gotten a number of these?
Speaking for myself, I have had several of them over the years.
So, no hack attack. Allegedly some phishing?
Google is claiming the phishing originated in China. How they know it just wasn't routed through there is beyond me, but...... that is the claim.

China comes back with some harsh and legitimate criticism.

"Of late, an Internet tornado has swept across the world ... massively impacting and shocking the globe. Behind all this lies the shadow of America," said the article, signed by Ye Zheng and Zhao Baoxian, identified as scholars with the Academy of Military Sciences.

"Faced with this warmup for an Internet war, every nation and military can't be passive but is making preparations to fight the Internet war," it said.

While nuclear war was a strategy of the industrial era, Internet war is a product of the information age, the article said. Such conflicts stand to be hugely destructive, threatening national security and the very existence of the state, it said.

China needs to "express to the world its principled stance of maintaining an 'Internet border' and protecting its 'Internet sovereignty,' unite all advanced forces to dive into the raging torrent of the age of peaceful use of the Internet, and return to the Internet world a healthy, orderly environment," the article said."

Having blogged on the "Arab Spring" and the assorted uprisings, it is clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US and it's allies have been fomenting these revolutions.

They have obviously been using social media to spread their propaganda through the world and more specifically to target the Western audience. Largely the youth of the west, who likely feel an affinity for the disaffected youth of the Arab nations. The main stream media cacophony on the idiot box will take care of the older generation.

The most obvious reason for this targeting of the west??

Which should go without saying, the West is where the greatest proliferation of social media adherents reside!

Go back to this post- The Myth of the Arab Social Media Revolution

"Toukan said in Egypt, only 7 percent of the population was on facebook, Mohamed El Dahshan, Policy consultant and Reporter at ‘Al Masry AlYoum’ said the Egyptian uprising was not a Facebook revolution and that people in Tahrir Square hardly had food supplies, and never used a computer."

Social media tools did not make the revolutions as in Tunisia before the uprising only 2000 people were on twitter out of which 200 were active

What sells these revolutions is the 'support' of people from the West. They add an air of legitimacy to revolutions. The msm then diligently reports on how "widespread" this is in the nation being targeted by the West.
In Egypt, an agreement was all but made for Mubarek to step down. The West was done with him.
By that same token, with the US controlling the Egyptian military, it was all over for Mubarek, except the crying.
Same for Tunisia, except France played a bit part in that.
Now onto Syria. I covered all this in a recent post on the mass marketing of revolution.

Why is it necessary to target the western audience? Particularly the youth of the west?

To make sure your on board when the next attack is justified by whatever means.
Possibly for future recruiting purposes? If you feel the need to "help"?
And are gullible enough to believe the spin?

So, let's get back to the claim made by China- Behind this internet tornado lies the shadow of the US and it's intelligence apparatus.

I believe, that is I hold the opinion, that the winds of this tornado have already blown through China on more then one occasion. I covered one internet storm that reeked of a concocted, ready made for You Tube and facebook "friending" attack.

Calls for "protest" in China? Just who made the call

Chinese authorities detained dozens of political activists after an anonymous online call for people to start a "Jasmine Revolution" in China by protesting in 13 cities.

Only a handful of people appeared to have responded to the call to protest in Beijing, Shanghai and 11 other cities at 2 p.m. Sunday, a call first posted on the U.S.-based Chinese-language news website.

And some really interesting designated protests points.

"a McDonald's outlet in Beijing's central Wangfujing shopping district "

A McDonald's outlet? And this would appeal to what audience?
How about this one?
"police led away three people outside a Starbucks outlet"
A call to "arms" at the outlets of Western multinationals?
Perfect for the receptive western audience to view via You Tube!
Yes, you can relate!

Curious who showed up?

The Wall Street Journal saw a crowd of several hundred people gather.
The crowd, however, consisted almost entirely of foreign journalists and curious shoppers—many of whom thought there was a celebrity in the area

How did the foreign journalists know to gather at the protest points? Who tipped them off ??

Doesn't that sound tailor made for a face book friending? A You Tube video sensation?
An uprising at Western multinational corporation outlets? McDonalds and Starbucks?
How about some branding for you, along with a revolution? Product placement, promotion and revolution?

Can you see the cross-over advertising? It is right out in the open.

"Internet war is a product of the information age"

Having already been targeted China understands what is at stake.
Hopefully the "friends" and "twits" will get it too? Sooner rather then later?
Don't be useful idiots.


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  2. Top shelf sleuthing Penny, there certainly is an evolution of sophistication to these covert destabilisation operations. There's some very pernicious pre-emptive counter-insurgent activity being waged throughout the world currently. The goal is to circumvent any organic revolutions and co-opt any burgeoning ones. All they're doing is racing against time and merely postponing the inevitable.

  3. Hello HHQ and thanks :)

    Yes, there really is an evolution or a pattern to these "revolutions" or as you accurately call them destabilisation operations.

    Though I have no doubt there are discontented people in China, Syria etc.,

    This outside interference will drive any discontent in a direction that suits outside interests, namely banks and multinationals more then the masses.

    The Western governments/NATO have their own agenda and the people in other nations should be aware of this and not be so naive or cheaply bought. Whichever?