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Information Warfare: Opinion-Spam August 17, 2008

Posted by olvidadorio in Advertising, Humans.
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This is the first time I’ve seen something like this; I received a spam-email (in German) that didn’t want to sell anything, it wanted to shape my opinion:

Ein kleines Mädchen spricht die Wahrheit über georgische Angriffe:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=H8XI2Chc6uQ
(YouTube manipuliert den Aufrufzähler und lässt dieses Video nicht populär werden)

2000 Tote innerhalb von 2 Tagen durch georgischen Angriff – RIP
Für alle Kinder, Frauen, Männer die durch georgische Angriffe umgekommen sind starten wir diese Aktion.

Wir sind gegen Propaganda in deutschen Medien!
Wir sind keine Medien-Marionetten.
Wir wollten die WAHRHEIT! Wir sind das Volk!

Verbreite diese Nachricht wie ein Lauffeuer! (Emails, Blogs, Foren, ICQ)
Zusammen sind wir stark.

English summary: “A small girl speaks the truth about the Georgian invasion; Atrocities by Georgian military. We are against propaganda in German media. Spread this news like wildfire!”

I guess that someone who’s strongly interested in promoting the Russian government’s views just bought a list of email-addresses off some spam-base. The fun thing is that I personally actually don’t need to be convinced to view the Georgian version rather critically. Incidents such as these however do underline the creepyness-factor of the Putin-controlled aparatus.

Has anyone had experience with this? Maybe it’s connected to this Botnet-buildup?

Propaganda party.

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2. Alper - August 17, 2008

I posted a Blog-Entry yesterday concerning the same theme. Don’t think it has something to do with this Botnet-Buildup. I’d rather think that it is a Media-War between Russia and Georgia.

Here is the direct URL where i posted my thoughts:
http://www.meetinx.de/wordpress/wahrheit-ueber-georgien-konflikt/


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