Social media was fun while it lasted. Now, bots have begun infiltrating veterans groups on Facebook with suspicious regularity. These same forums used to serve as safe havens of information sharing about VA, but now veterans are skeptical.
Across social media, the tactic is the same. One fake profile infiltrates a group. After a few months, that profile invites a host of bots that post porn and other obnoxious pictures to otherwise tame forums where veterans are helping veterans.
While on the surface, these bots seem to be having fun at our expense, the possibility lingers that the bots may serve a darker purpose. According to one sluethful veteran in Disabled Veterans – Chapter 31 Voc Rehab, these profiles could be used to usurp valuable information about the groups and their members.
Here is one veteran’s theory:
With the addition of so many “fake” members on this page, I feel the need to share this. I can see the names of all of the “Members” of this site once I am “Friended” on here, which means that these “fakes” can see this, also. On many of your pages, I can see EVERYTHING (what beautiful families!).
The possibility is creepy, right? These bots may be used to grab information and intel on us for a variety of purposes. But, there’s more.
Defense One just published an article on a new government program to suck all data into another new government data synthesis system.
Titled, What Happens When Spies Can Eavesdrop on Any Conversation?, reporter Patrick Tucker discusses the next step our government is taking to gather even more intel.
On Nov. 17, the U.S. announced a new challenge called Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments, giving it the acronym ASpIRE. The challenge comes from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or ODNI, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, or IARPA. It speaks to a major opportunity for intelligence collection in the years ahead, teaching machines to scan the ever-expanding world of recorded speech.
I can only ask one question, when is enough data enough data?
Our government already seems to have enough information about us to keep its analysts busy for lifetimes. What concerns me more is the huge risk to our economy that attempts to store heaping amounts of data poses.
The reality is that no one is secure. Social media is not secure. Your emails are not secure. Your cell phone calls are not secure.
Maybe it’s time we go back to the ways of old and rely on US Mail…
Nah, there is probably no turning back from social media, cell phones and email.
But moving forward, just know that anything you publish online may live well beyond your lifetime in some database somewhere being data-mined by God knows what government or special interest group.