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UPDATE: Admitting To An Online Hit

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 11:33 am (UTC-4)

Co-Owner of a Pentagon Contracting Admits To Online Smear Doug Bernard | Washington DC Earlier this month we posted a story involving Leonie Industries, a private firm that’s been awarded around 120 million dollars in Pentagon contracts for services they call “information crafting,” but what most people would call propaganda. Leonie had become the target […]

Iran’s Coming “Halal” Intranet

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 5:58 pm (UTC-4)
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Is Tehran Turning Its Back On the World Wide Web? Doug Bernard | Washington DC For years, the Iranian government has been threatening to pull the plug on the world wide web, sealing the nation and its people off from the rest of the Internet. Officially, Tehran says it wants to create a “halal” Internet, […]

“Infocrafting” or Propaganda Online?

Posted May 1st, 2012 at 4:57 pm (UTC-4)
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Rogue “Info Ops” Agents Go After The Wrong Target Doug Bernard | Washington DC As many have learned the hard way, protecting your reputation online can be difficult. The way the web works, once just one person publishes something bad or inaccurate about you, it lives forever in the net’s cache. Should you be unfortunate […]

The Coming Cyberwar With Iran?

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 11:53 am (UTC-4)

The Whens, Hows and Whys of Digital Conflict This is the first of a series of Digital Frontiers features, exploring how international tensions translate to the online world. Doug Bernard | Washington DC On January 17th, 1991, as the 34-nation coalition of Operation Desert Storm prepared for its first aerial bombardment of targets in Iraq, […]

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“Chopping The Head Off LulzSec”

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 8:42 pm (UTC-4)

An Internet Pirate Sinks His Comrades Doug Bernard | Washington DC For a while, it seemed that the hacker group with the silly name was running rings around the FBI. In the end, however, it appears it was the FBI running the show. In the summer of 2011, LulzSec – supposedly short for “Lulz Security” […]

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Falling Into The Black Hole

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 1:18 am (UTC-4)

An Old Hack Technique Gets A New Twist Doug Bernard | Washington DC Hackers may not always be the most innovative group. But as a rule, they are sneaky. That’s exactly how the latest hack target,, summed up the recent hit on its website: “sneaky.” A well known anti-secrecy site, Cryptome tends more to […]

When Will Anonymous Go Too Far?

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-4)

Pushing Bounds And Tempting A Fight Doug Bernard | Washington DC If one could speak about Anonymous as a singular entity, then it’s clear that Anonymous is spoiling for a fight. But of course, Anonymous is anything but a singular thing. It’s been called a hive of numberless drones, an amorphous hidden collective of computer […]

Does Social Media Help or Hurt Terrorism?

Posted January 21st, 2012 at 2:03 am (UTC-4)

Conflicting Claims About Terrorists’ Use of the Internet Doug Bernard | Washington DC The recent headlines were enough to concern even the most cynical reader. “Terrorist groups recruiting through social media,” blared the headline at the CBC’s website.  “Social Media Gave Terrorist Groups Second Wind,” read the report at “Terrorists making ‘friends’ on Facebook,” […]

Hacking the Persian Gulf

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-4)

Conflicts in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Heat Up The Web Doug Bernard | Washington DC UPDATE Jan. 13, 2012: While 0xOmar seems to have submerged, at least for the moment, he’s inspired a little like-minded payback from Israel. Tel Aviv’s Ma’Ariv newspaper is reporting that an hacker named “0xOmer“, believed to be Israeli citizen […]

Bradley Manning’s Day In Court

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 10:42 pm (UTC-4)

The Alleged Wikileaks Leaker Is Arraigned Doug Bernard | Washington DC For the last year and a half, U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning has sat alone in a prison cell. A variety of prison cells, to be exact. In Spring 2010, the military identified Manning as the source of several high profile leaks on the […]

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