Why Did the U.S. Military Buy 500 Fake Internet Personas?

The answer to the question "why does the government need software to create a bunch of fake Internet "people?" is probably quite simple, and while Daily Kos seems to feel it has to do with attacking progressives, I'm afraid the aim of the purchase is far more subversive and far-reaching. Leave it to libtards to take it personally and ignore the fact that there is an ongoing war against Americans, waged by their own government, that has so far claimed our privacy, freedom and now our economic well-being.

I also remind Daily Kos here that the American progressive is already an extinct creature, replaced by leftist maniacs too drunk on their own perceived invincibility to realize that they're the ones holding the torches as Rome burns. I have no problem with progressives and could probably play one on TV as I believe in crazy ideas like advancing knowledge and equal rights and am fascinated by the sociology of economics, all matters progressives tend to say they are into. I believe gays should be allowed to marry but churches should be allowed to say they refuse to marry them (that's the whole separation of church and state we seem to have forgotten about). Just as the true conservative has been replaced with a holier-than-thou army of Christian fundamentalist freaks who obviously haven't read a Bible lately since the one I read said something about "love your brother" and "judge not lest ye be judged," we are once again losing the battle by fighting amongst ourselves over semantics instead of attacking the true enemy.

But what if the enemy could replicate itself to infinity and invade our most sacred space of information exchange, the Internet? Worse, what if they already have?

We have known for a long time this happens. It's why sketchy IP addresses show up in my stats and comments appear on politically-charged websites that seem to paint the OP as a kook or set up a critical mass of straw men to otherwise discredit the point of the article. I've seen it in practice and it's usually more sad than frightening. Real commenters get so caught up in their feelings they let their emotions bleed through the keyboard. Real commenters are idiot Americans who were churned through our sub-par public school system and don't know the difference between your and you're. But fake commenters always seem to be cool and collected, with perfect use of their and they're and even there. The next time you're trolling Huffington Post, Daily Kos, the New York Times, WSJ, whatever your media poison, keep your eyes peeled for these disinformation agents and you might just see what I mean.

But I digress. We're talking about defense contractors and their weird plans to make a bunch of fake Internet personas, right? The HBGary Federal attack is just a little too complicated to get into here without its own post, so let's just say HBGary's CEO Aaron Barr got humiliated by Anonymous while at the same time being outed to the very targets of his bizarre plot to attack the Internets with fake personas. But the plot wasn't just a sick fantasy in Barr's head, as the following excerpt from a hacked HBGary email explains:

Persona management entails not just the deconfliction of persona artifacts such as names, email addresses, landing pages, and associated content. It also requires providing the human actors technology that takes the decision process out of the loop when using a specific persona. For this purpose we custom developed either virtual machines or thumb drives for each persona. This allowed the human actor to open a virtual machine or thumb drive with an associated persona and have all the appropriate email accounts, associations, web pages, social media accounts, etc. pre-established and configured with visual cues to remind the actor which persona he/she is using so as not to accidentally cross-contaminate personas during use.

JDA would like to take this opportunity to assure loyal readers that she is, in fact, an actual person. TLP can confirm this but won't because he knows better than to open his mouth but he's a real person too. I've met WC Varones in person so I can say he, too, is real. Let's not forget Financial Armageddon's Michael Panzner, who we know is real since we've chatted on the phone and my dear Going Concern editor the Caleb Newquist, who has to be real simply because of the very real pain in my ass I feel whenever we talk. As for anyone else? Your guess is as good as mine.

Anyway. The really bad news is that this isn't theoretical, the Air Force actually secured the rights to 500 fake personas, claiming they'd be used at MacDill AFB, Kabul, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq. Strange, MLM bots manage to do this on Twitter all the time and don't need to shell out huge amounts of money to do it.

Solicitation Number:
Notice Type:
Sources Sought
Added: Jun 22, 2010 1:42 pm Modified: Jun 22, 2010 2:07 pmTrack Changes
0001- Online Persona Management Service. 50 User Licenses, 10 Personas per user.
Software will allow 10 personas per user, replete with background , history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographacilly consistent. Individual applications will enable an operator to exercise a number of different online persons from the same workstation and without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries. Personas must be able to appear to originate in nearly any part of the world and can interact through conventional online services and social media platforms. The service includes a user friendly application environment to maximize the user's situational awareness by displaying real-time local information.

If you ask me, they're trying to hide their stalker-like behavior. Why else would they need a bunch of fake IPs?

0003- Static IP Address Management. 50 each
Licence protects the identity of government agencies and enterprise
organizations. Enables organizations to manage their persistent online personas
by assigning static IP addresses to each persona. Individuals can perform
static impersonations, which allow them to look like the same person over time.
Also allows organizations that frequent same site/service often to easily switch IP
addresses to look like ordinary users as opposed to one organization.

You can't tell me our military isn't advanced enough to know how to use Hide My Ass or some similar proxy server, nor can you tell me whoever it is they're allegedly watching in Iraq and Afghanistan (likely story, didn't we win Iraq years ago?) use StatCounter (JDA's tracking software of choice) or some similar tracking software themselves. Since when does Osama bin Laden blog and obsessively track his stats? I don't buy it.

Related reading: The Information Super-Sewer: Will the Internet be Hijacked by Corporate Interests by Chris Hedges via Global Research.

It's happening, people, the question is whether you'll be standing there arguing with a fake sockpuppet of the establishment or shoving your foot up his or her fictitious ass when it happens to you.

And great... if "They" weren't watching me before... you can bet your sweet assets They are now.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


kliguy38 said...

Jr Dep....this is only the beginning of it...as "they" become more desperate more and more effort will go into their disinformation. Keep the faith hott stuff....They have unlimited resources and we have limited time.....

Blue said...

Kinda suspected something like this when the alphabet agencies suddenly stopped hitting my blog....

I was kinda sad to see them go.

I thought that they might not like me anymore.... :(

Anonymous said...

Same reason the IRS does.

Most people you deal with at the IRS are pseudonyms, they're scared of repercussions so they all have alias'. You can't sue, punish, or stalk a person that does not exist.

Ever noticed the fake rubberstamped signature at the bottom of a IRS letter or notice? Yup, that's exactly what it is, a fake rubberstamp. Verified in court last March by a real IRS agent. You are not dealing with a person who has given you their real name. Treat them as such, a non-person who lies for a living.


Junior, Et Alii:

Excuse me, but I am REAL, and I'm VERY particular about correct spelling and grammar.

On the other hand, folks who work for the government or are serving in our military forces tend to be woefully subliterate and unable to correctly use words like "your, "you're", "they're", "their", and "their.

I'm a stickler for correct composition, which is why it takes me so long to create an ordinary e-mail, since I type with just one or two fingers, and have to take extra time to figure out what it is I'm trying to say, and how I want to phrase it.

As a disabled war veteran, a former federal civil service employee, and a current retiree at the Naval Home, it's agonizingly frustrating for me to have to witness such low literacy standards every single day.

Shucks, I didn't even make it through high school!

(I was a bad kid, and got kicked out twice during my sophomore year.)

I'm almost completely self taught via reading books.

So, why are all these other folks so ignorant, and why aren't they embarrassed about it?

You'll notice I sign my comments with my true identity and actual location.

That's because I frequently indulge in writing personal opinions which can be deemed controversial, subversive, unpopular, and downright treasonous.

With me, using my true identity is a matter of principle.

I have no respect for those who publicize statements, but lack the courage or integrity to support their position other than anonymously.

Oh, I agree, our government is at war with its own citizenry, and pretty darn soon, there'll be some sort of major incident, whether intentionally or by miscalculation, which will finally ignite the bloody popular armed revolt necessary to violently seize control of the current (or future?) sitting administration in order to restore our lost republic.

Yes, it certainly does make sense that our government would use false identities to manipulate Internet afficianados into giving the government even more excuses to usurp even more powers which violate the Constitution and further infringe on our unalienable rights as individual citizens.

But, no, I think you're probably wrong about one thing.

If it's a fake persona created by the government, the text will probably be rife with misspellings and grammatical errors, because that's what I see around me every day, day in and day out, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

What's more, the stuff that's automatically generated by a computer program may be even worse.

How many times have you seen spellcheck programs submit an incorrect homonym?

Remember who it is that's writing these programs, and the old saying, "garbage in, garbage out".

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

j3maccabee said...

Was the 'solicitation' copied and pasted, or written out by the author(s) ? Only reason fo which I ax - we all make typos from time to time... but the blatant misspelling in this text -
"cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographacilly consistent" -
would indicate ( IF it was in the original ) either a tongue-in-cheek jibe, or the product of a public school educational process.

John Robert,

Excellent point! I, too, am a grammar nazi (a dying breed, as you know) and there is nothing more irritating to me than having to deal with someone who does not know the basic rules which we were all supposed to learn in 2nd grade. Granted, my style of writing might irritate a few English professors but there is a difference between interpreting the rules for the online media platform and blatantly ignoring them because one doesn't know any better.

p.s. Thank you for your service.


I copied the text directly from the fbo.gov website. Good catch! (at least we know these fake personas aren't submitting requisition forms and ordering more fake personas!)

Memememe said...

JrDep, you are my hero.

John Robert is my new Jr. Deputy Hero.

Your blog & Twitter are required reading for me.

That is all.

B-Daddy said...

There are rules against the military actually doing the work themselves with military assets. But if the fake IPs are provided by a commercial firm, the rules change. Sounds stupid, I know.

With regards to the solicitation, I have seen other solicitations with misspellings and jargon before.

Sounds like typical bureaucratic bullshit so no, not stupid at all, B-Daddy.

Anonymous said...

This is problematic. In a free society, no government should have a propaganda arm that tries to fool people into accepting their beliefs. It's sort of expected that in any society, businesses will try and use various kinds of semi-deceptive methods to promote themselves and you can see the sheer number of companies listed at BuyFacebookFansReviews to see this, but its a whole other ballgame when the government is doing this to try and influence public opinion. If you're cautious, you sometimes see IP addresses on Wikipedia editing articles coming from government buildings, but that's a minor bit of subterfuge compared to actually creating fake people to promote war propaganda. We will in a dangerous time right now and there's way too many people whose opinions are easily influenced and this is why I encourage my friends to stand up for what they believe in and take a role of advocacy in society because the people can win in the long run if the government has to resort to this type of method.