Information Terrorism. Another series

Information Terrorism. Another series.


For a start, a historical background:
The Associated Press (AP) conducted its own investigation of USAID activities in Cuba: “US Secretly Created Cuban Twitter’ To Stir Unrest ”.
As it turned out, the goal of USAID this time was not “fair elections”, but the creation and organization of a protest movement in the social network and control over the development of the protest movement.
According to AP experts, USAID created a special social network in Cuba, similar to the Twitter microblogging service, to spread protest sentiments, mainly among Cuban youth.
The portal called ZunZuneo had about 40 thousand subscribers. Users did not know that the site is a USAID product and that it is used to gather personal information about them. According to materials that became available to AP, USAID paid bills to Cuban monopoly providers through front companies.
The Internet in Cuba is extremely inaccessible, but mobile phones (but not smartphones) are common among young people. The network ZunZuneo used for communication between subscribers SMS-messages, which to increase the popularity of the service were free.At the same time, ZunZuneo cost each message 4 cents, which were transferred to Cubace’s state-owned company Cubacel (English) Russian ... This created a paradoxical situation in which the US government actually transferred tens of thousands of dollars to the Cuban government through secret accounts and front companies [2].
To unwind the network, a list of half a million phone numbers stolen by an “important contact” in Cubacel was used [1].

This network was promoted as a convenient service for communication among young people. Solid pros and cons. The bomb was supposed to work.then.
Ashmanov is confident that in our country the Pentagon cyber war has been operating for at least 5–6 years. In our country, he complains, this is rather a private initiative, rather than state-supported activity. Ashmanov also stressed that most platforms - Twitter, Facebook - by default "play on the side" of their Western creators. As an example, he cited the situation when a new Twitter account is created, and the system immediately suggests reading someone. Simonyan offered Alexey Navalny. Ashmanov supported her, saying that basically it is really proposed to subscribe to it.
Igor Ashmanov:
Meanwhile, Americans who have forgotten to pass 4 points of denials of Mr. Volkov, increase allocations for work in Russian social networks:
“Based on the Czech office of the US-funded Radio Liberty, they will create a digital media department, whose task will be to confront“ disinformation in the Russian media sphere ”. It is supposed to carry out activities, in particular, in such social networks as Facebook, Twitter, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki.

And here we see a hysterical campaign unleashed on social networks, mainly in WhatsApp, which led to the commission of the crime of arson. I very much doubt that the person directly involved in the sad story with the dog committed him. It is quite possible that someone provoked by hysterics did this.
Is this chain already finished? Will there be new crimes of vengeance and popular madness?
Here the authorities made a mistake. ATC and prosecutors first. It was necessary to come forward and convey the position of law enforcement agencies on the initial situation, to show that the law controls and protects the interests of all parties. I have not seen such speeches.If they were, they did not go through all the channels of information, but they should.
And it was more important to warn about the inadmissibility of calls for violence and even murder in any form, the inadmissibility of the dissemination of such calls. Warn about the responsibility for such actions and firmly promise to attract the perpetrators. This is crime prevention, and it is expressly stated in the duties of these bodies.
But the city and regional civil authorities were obliged to track this moment and send the appropriate signals to law enforcement officers. Work in the field of information policy consists in tracking such threats. Where is this job?
Not so long ago, a round table on the problems of social networks was held at the City Hall. Partly affected by these problems. They recalled, for example, the flow of fakes about the "fleeing governor", about the imminent flooding of the city during the period of last year's flooding. And I reminded about the owners of these social networks and instant messengers, and about the technologies used for dirty purposes.
There are two key features: the speed of distribution and the unverifiable information.
The fast messaging services - both twitter and phone messengers, and the main “big” social networks, are exactly like that.
There is no search on Facebook. At least working.The message lives a couple of days or hours, then disappears in the abyss. The author can no longer be caught in a lie, it is impossible to discuss the issue with the facts. Great for stuffing.
On Twitter, there’s no need to think about any facts at all - the format allows only to throw in. And throw the most fried. A typical user does not even think about validation - he repost. A hashtag forts legions of bot accounts. Ashmanov gave practical examples of how any desa in two hours takes off to the top. And from there it is carried to the "solid" news agencies.
Whatsapp is even worse. Although where already ... Give an example, how can it be used to commit a terrorist attack with dozens of victims? - Easily. During a mass event, a disinformation about a bomb planted in a hall is thrown into several popular groups, panic arises, a crush, people die. The investigation later will not find the original source. Or rests on the left SIM card of the recessed phone.
What does the FSB think about such threats? - Judging by the speech at the same Round Table by the representative of their press service, nothing. “We are monitoring ... Recently, they condemned someone there for having a file with the book“ Mein Kampf ”.
And with this we need to do something.And it is necessary to do in two directions. First, explain, long, hard, conscientiously. Secondly, use the harmful properties of instant messengers against them. Namely, to discredit them by independently spreading their misses one more ridiculous than the other, until the emergence of complete distrust of any "sensational" and provocative information in them.
But it needs work. And to understand something. And we have trouble with information policy in all departments. To prohibit - you don’t need a lot of mind, only there will be no benefit from bans.

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