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Bait & Switch- Fake News, propornot, the Real Inform & Influence Operation

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This is how open discussions have been in the past about damage done to a site, in this case Southfront.org

This is one example of how the lists are used from inside a conversation with the people that developed them. Jessikka Aro came to fame for her expose on Russian trolls like the publication above. She has since crowd funded over $30,000 to get the necessary hacking tools to fight them.

"The process of the private sector becoming offensive actors in cyberspace has already begun. Where this leads is uncertain, but it's hard to imagine it being particularly positive." Tobias Feakin is a senior analyst at ASPI

Using play for pay actors to harm journalists, activists, and publications is nothing new. One of the questions I have been asked repeatedly by publishers is "how could they damage me? We are a top 100 publication." The answer is that the people that designed the methods cut their teeth taking down the largest independent alternative media news source in history. That was Indymedia.

They used an advanced form of what would later become known as "swatting." What is swatting? Calling SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) to raid your home after trolling you online as a final form of harassment. Imagine after publishing a political article, being in bed and your door is suddenly smashed open. Heavily armed men come in screaming because they think you are a drug dealer or the new bin Laden. What if someone hacked and planted evidence supporting this on your computer?

For one of the world's premier news websites at the time, they called the US government and Interpol. The servers were taken, the sites shut down. No crimes were prosecuted but the accusation was enough to take it down.

The people doing the work get paid by how much measurable damage they do. This is known as cyber privateering. The people and companies that get hired and paid based on the damage they do to the publication or journalist in question.

They work for different countries. Ukraine has over 40,000 volunteers across the globe as well as paid professionals like Weisburd and Harding attacking American alternative media websites.

Within one month of writing that the Weisburd/Harding inspired "Peacemaker" was a kill list, the first journalist targeted using Aaron Weisburd's method was Olez Buzina.

"Weisburd doesn't get paid to follow people. After stalking and collecting information his method hasn't changed since the beginning. "Weisburd has not merely"dismantled" websites. He has harassed individuals engaged in perfectly legal online dissent, threatened their family members, harassed their employers, and harassed their web hosts. He regularly uses lies, disinformation and threats to accomplish these goals. Weisburd decides what is "threatening."


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Within a short time of writing how news websites were going to be hacked, the hacking started.

Who is paying for the new McCarthyism? It's the same people that paid for the real fake news throughout the election cycle and were the strongest large group supporters of Hillary Clinton of course.

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