South African applied research firm Thinkst delivered a talk at Hack In The Box two months ago on a topic that has been on your mind, whether you knew it or not. The practice of sock puppets participating in online conversations is endemic, skewing the thinking and behavior of all of us.
This topic first became an issue of pubic discussion right after Anonymous broke into HBGary Federal in February of 2011. This small, floundering contractor had attempted to poach counterinsurgency work that was currently held by Northrop Grumman. Failing in that, they were shopping their skills to whoever might be interested, and they sought to impress Bank of America, who were facing an [...]