US researchers carry out first deep analysis of China’s government-backed internet warriors

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Number of posts by ‘fifty-cent gang’ numbers in the hundreds of millions, but their purpose is not to argue with critics, but to sing the praises of the Party

It’s an open secret that China employs a veritable army of internet commentators to sing the government’s praises and attack its critics, but researchers at Harvard University in the United States say they not only have evidence this is the case, but also what Beijing’s motive is. Continue reading

Cologne mass sex attack ‘was organised and plotted on social media’ says police chief

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Police cite social media as source for organisation of sex attacks at New Year

 

 

COLOGNE’S new chief of police says the mass sexual frenzy that took place in his city on New Year’s Eve was organised on social media and not by hardened criminals.

As of Friday ten men are in custody and a further 44 are being sought, most of them North African, for the hundreds of sexual assaults and robberies committed against women in the city during celebrations on the last day of the year.

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Russia hacks Pentagon computers: NBC, citing sources

U.S. officials tell NBC News that Russia launched a “sophisticated cyberattack” against the Pentagon’s Joint Staff unclassified email system, which has been shut down and taken off line for nearly two weeks. According to the officials, the “sophisticated cyber intrusion” occurred sometime around July 25 and affected some 4,000 military and civilian personnel work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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ISIS Is Watching U.S. Military Members and Their Families on Social Media

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security this weekend jointly issued the strongest warning yet for U.S. servicemen to scrub their accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

As reported by Fox News’s Catherine Herridge, the FBI and DHS are warning against posting information that could put members of the U.S. armed forces and their families at risk for attack from supporters of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Continue reading

ISIL Targets Saudi Intelligence

Which is precisely why they have asked Pakistan for troops, previously said to have been in the 30,000 range. If the House of Saud goes, so does the calm portion of Arab world — and for good. What’s more, and bit of a side note, is noting how U.S. agencies mine social media to get a feel for the real social-political climate of a nation, even its own.

 

Officials: ‘Crowd-sourced’ assassination campaign aimed at destabilizing Saudi Arabia

The ultra-violent al Qaeda offshoot group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has targeted Saudi Arabian intelligence officers for a campaign of assassination as part of plans by the group to expand activities inside the oil-rich kingdom.

The campaign, according to U.S. officials, appears aimed at destabilizing Saudi Arabia, the location of two of Islam’s holiest cities.

U.S. officials said social media monitoring indicated that thousands of Saudis are supporting ISIL, as indicated by social media use. Twitter users in the kingdom account for 40 percent of all Twitter users in the Arab world. Continue reading

Cyber attack ‘war game’ to test London banks

(Reuters) – Thousands of staff across dozens of London’s financial firms will be put through a “war game” scenario on Tuesday to test how well they can handle a major cyber attack.

In one of the largest exercises of its kind in the world, the test dubbed “Waking Shark II” will bombard firms with a series of announcements and scenarios, such as a major attack on computer systems hitting stock exchanges and unfolding on social media. Continue reading