WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION: SOCK PUPPETRY FOR FUN & PROFIT presented at HackInTheBoxMalaysia 2014

by Haroon Meer, Marco Slaviero, Azhar Desai,

Summary : There have been many discussions online about governments making use of sock puppets on social media sites (and on the Internet in general) to sway popular opinion. Keen observers have spotted military RFP’s calling for the creation of sockpuppet-control software or recruiting groups of students to fill this space. Recent Snowden revelations reveal that GCHQ’s JTRIG has been largely dedicated to such tasks, but there has been little talk of it in information security circles. We hope to change that.