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Data cans, fake bookings,hashtags hijacked... The new tools of hacktivism

"This is the largest data collection conducted during a meeting," said the campaign manager for Donald Trump, Brad Parscale, a week before the arrival of the american President in Tulsa, Oklahoma. More than one million seats reserved for the first meeting of Donald Trump in the last three months of confinement, fifty times the capacity of the BOK Center, the multi-purpose hall of the city, and as many names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Valuable information for his campaign, who would like to renew during the November presidential election, the success of 2016 based in part on the ad targeting.

But the D-day, Donald Trump has been welcomed by empty seats. The fault to an operation of sabotage claimed by thousands of users of TikTok and fans of K-pop, who have reserved seats for the meeting in Tulsa and have no intention of getting there, with e-mail addresses to a single use. Result: a missed appointment for the President-candidate and unusable data for his campaign team, who had to sort through the information you gathered.

The technique used by the internet users, which is to serve as the data adulterated to a system that we wish to neutralize, is not new, and rightly calls the "raids" from 4chan, an american forum where premium the freedom of tone. These operations have existed for years and to mobilize thousands of internet users attacked in a coordinated manner, a person or an institution. But the action which was referred to the meeting of Donald Trump has it different, that she was born on TikTok, a social network whose political awareness has only recently emerged.

to Drown a service under the information

other operations of sabotage have proliferated in recent times. At the end of may, the Dallas police launched an app which invited users to send videos of illegal acts, while there were more and more demonstrations were banned following the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white policeman during his arrest. But instead of reports, the app named iWatch Dallas has been flooded with clips of K-pop sent by fans of boys bands Korean people sensitive to the cause of anti-racism.

These have also rewarded the application of the lowest note on the Apple App Store and Google Play. A way to make it more difficult to find for the users, or even cause its removal. Objective met the following day, when the Dallas police announced that the off-line iWatch Dallas "due to technical problems". In the tweet announcing this withdrawal, the most popular response details the recipe for tteokbokki, a Korean dish consisting of rice cakes served in a sauce of chili pepper as a signature.

Very present on Twitter, fans of K-pop have also begun to drown out the messages of users opposed to the manifestations of racism by diverting the hashtags they use. It happens so often that a search for #WhiteLivesMatter refers to a continuous stream of music videos instead of messages expected. The algorithm for recommendation to Twitter and it was well understood, and now considers that the hashtag #WhiteLivesMatter means above all the contents related to the Korean music.

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And behind it all, the KGB, which wants to again influence the vote for Trump in making believe that he is against Trump for pushing those who don't vote for him to do so, and vice versa.
This is machiavellian !

di rectle 22/06/2020 20:05

Just return of things since the Trumpette himself had distorted the last election US !

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