Weisburd began openly working for the Ukrainian government in January 2015. "Mirotvorets" has all the earmarks of his involvement from geo-location through OSINT to targeting people designated as political terrorists like Oles Buzina. Weisburd is currently one of the best-known freelancers specializing in this niche area of OSINT. Without trying too hard, we have the motive, means, and opportunity. Normally that could be enough to prompt a criminal investigation which in this case, will never happen.Peacemaker's future is meant to be Ukraine's contribution to NATO and European security by working in conjunction with NATO COE Latvia. The Ukrainian war is just the starting point which is carrying on the work Aaron Weisburd has been perfecting for the last 14 years. They are to geo-locating and targeting people that read, write, or share something in social media that disturbs whatever entity or person the freelancer has a contract with.
Facebook took "Peacemaker" serious enough to ban the profile of the Ukrainian adviser to the Interior Minister Gerashenko who is opening another "cleansing" page for Russian citizens in Syria..."In accordance with the above, I invite all who have information about the Russian citizens taking part in the undeclared war of Russia against the Syrian people to report all the information to the website 'Peacemaker' ('Mirotvorets'), where there will be a separate section 'Putin's crimes in Syria and in the Middle East.'"
Where Ukraine can get away with it "cleansing" has meant murder, literally. Where that isn't possible in western countries, Weisburd's techniques to ruin the lives and livelihoods of his victims are being put into use.
According to Weisburd's February 26th definition of what he is doing -- "I'm just trying to do my part to help make bad things happen to bad people who are in the service of the Kremlin. And for the record, I'm not an army of one. I'm more like a one-man intelligence service."
In order to get paid, freelancers like Weisburd needed to create Russian active measures agents. He's going about this the same way he has for 14 years. He hacks the lives of normal people and paints them the way his employer needs to see them.
By doing this he is taking large swaths of the US and EU population and making them active Russian agents and soldiers according to Rule 26.7 of the Tallinn Manual -- "belonging to" clause. This takes them out of protected civilian status and makes them targetable in the war. As long as no one looks into it, no one will ever know.
March 15th -- Not all Kremlin Trolls are in Russia. Not only are they not all in Russia, they are not all in countries sympathetic to -- let alone allied with -- Russia. In fact, quite a few are in NATO countries. So, when I speak of efforts to combat Russian active measures campaigns as needing a robust counterintelligence component, this is what I'm getting at.
Weisburd's association with groups like "Peacekeeper" made it possible for him to scale up again. He's gone from a few thousand people working for him to over 40,000 people just at Peacekeeper alone. The Ukrainian war isn't the only project he is working on. Iran, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Russia, the Russian world, and American internal politics are some others. He has counter parts in every western country doing the same thing.
May 26th -- "Over the past week or two the Kremlin Trolls and their sundry fellow travelers became rather... agitated by previous entries on this site...The traffic generated by each URL provides a snapshot of who each troll's engaged followers are, and where they appear to reside. Many of the trolls follow each other, so in all likelihood I've collected data on the Kremlin Trolls themselves, in addition to their engaged followers... How many of them were using proxy servers or VPNs? Not many. The Internet remains a great place to share, and a terrible place to try and hide.
Geolocation data is summarized in the table below. These countries account for 81% of all the Kremlin Trolls and their engaged followers. The top five countries alone account for 58%. That the USA is ranked first came as something of a surprise. Detailed analysis is ongoing, and I'm unlikely to share the findings publicly."
If the people he was targeting were active Russian agents like he claims, why wouldn't they use virtual private networks (VPN) to shield themselves like he does? Is it surprising that none of his Kremlin Trolls were in Russia?
In mid-March 2015 I covered Joel Harding's role in Ukraine's rapidly developing info-war. Harding was one of the planners for the Iraq war, Afghanistan war, and the invasion of Haiti. He wrote the white papers that US cyber war doctrine is based in and was a part of setting up the NSA. He just discovered what he sees as a munition or real world "live round" to attack journalists and people that shared their views on social media...
"I was in a discussion today about information being used in social media as a possible weapon. The people I was talking with have a tool which scrapes social media sites, gauges their sentiment and gives the user the opportunity to automatically generate a persuasive response. Their tool is called a 'Social Networking Influence Engine.' No, not related to the SMISC BAA from a few years ago. Better. . ..Can this be categorized as a munition? I looked through and it does not seem to apply. The implications seem to be profound for the information environment.
"The implications may have far-reaching impact beyond Department of Defense. The people who own this tool are in the civilian world and don't even remotely touch the defense sector, so getting approval from the US Department of State might not even occur to them. If this does require ITAR approval, the corporate world that deals with information and influence will definitely be affected. So, my question is... who at the US Department of State must I coordinate with to get a ruling if this 'Social Networking Influence Engine' must receive ITAR approval? -- Joel Harding"
On May 16th, 2015 Joel Harding "publicly" discovered Aaron Weisburd for the first time. According to Harding, THIS blog I will keep an eye on. It seems simply wonderful! It was man-love at first sight. Weisburd's twitter account shows a standing relationship. On September 28th, Weisburd retweeted Harding's call for operators to scale up the info war.
On September 21st, Harding posted this advertisement to scale up the war against you.
"Ladies, Gentlemen, and everyone in between .
"I am building a database of planners, operators, logisticians, hackers, and anyone wanting to be involved with special activities I will call 'inform and influence activities.'
"I have received a few different suggestions to help organize operations -- of all sorts -- against anti-Western elements. No government approval, assistance or funding. This skirts legalities. This is not explicitly illegal and it may not even be legal, at this point. That grey area extends a long way.
"I am only trying to assess the availability of people willing to participate in such efforts. Technology, equipment and facility offers are also appreciated. If you would like to be included in my database, please send a tailored resume to joel_harding at yahoo.com. In your resume, I am more interested in actual skills and experience. If you have hands on experience of a less than legal nature, you might not want to admit illegal work. If need be, I will contact you for clarification of your skills. -- Joel Harding"Who is being Located?
When you understand that freelancers do this work for PACs, political parties, companies, or just people that pay; every person that reads, has an opinion or shares on social media is being targeted. Ukraine wants to be the clearing house for this work.
What they have found is, except through direct hacking many of the news sites and journalists have strong reputations with their readers and remain directly outside their grasp. Instead, they turned to software that finds "influential people" to target through social media networks. Destroy those links and the website gets less social shares and if it is done enough the targets influence diminishes.