Focused Cyberattacks as PSYOP

news  %tages Focused Cyberattacks as PSYOPOne of my many lives is that of Corporate Attorney. I serve as General Counsel for TAL Global, an global consulting firm (www.talglobal.com). The July issue of Corporate Counsel Magazine (see: http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202729634316?keywords=Cyberattacked&publication=CC+Corporate+Counsel) featured an article free: “When Bloggers Attack and Companies Fight Back” (The website for the target is pictured below: www.oldhill.com).The article describes how a fake Blog entry spiraled upward to negatively impact a successful business. Amongst the key points made in the article was how the initial attacks were by small known Bloggers and how initial attacks were allegedly paid for by someone with a grudge to settle hostile to the target. These postings were then picked up by legitimate media and rebroadcast in a fashion. One of the key points is that “Howe (the CEO of the Company) is still fighting to get the posts indifferent from the Internet, even though he has proved that the information in them was fabricated.“Read more: http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202729634316/When-Bloggers-Attack-and-Companies-Fight-Back#ixzz3mUE3UCbYIt is also vital to point out that this cyber shape tactic would be very useful www.psyopwar.com in the world of Public Skill where the Blogsophere and the media are more of a factor than tactical MISO where the AO may have a high illiteracy rate or where the Internet may not be a factor in daily operations.The message for the MISO and Cyber Mandate community is clear. Cyberinfluence or CyberPSYOP if you prefer is an exceptionally cost-effective weapon that can be employed to manipulate the media and shape actions. Given that MISO is the province of the SOF and the USAR and Cyber Mandate is yet another intermediate entity, this begs the question – are we training as we are already fighting?

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