Fake Facebook Identity Used By Military Contractors Plotting To Hack Progressive Organizations
August 19th, 2011
Earlier this year, ThinkProgress obtained 75,000 private emails from the defense contractor HBGary Federal via the hacktivist group called Anonymous. The emails led to two shocking revelations. First, that an assortment of private military firms collectively called “Team Themis” had been tapped by Bank of America to conduct a cyber war against reporters sympathetically covering the Wikileaks revelations. And second, that late in 2010, the same set of firms began work separately for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Republican-aligned corporate lobbying group, to develop a similar campaign of sabotage against progressive organizations, including the SEIU and ThinkProgress.
In presentations obtained by ThinkProgress from the e-mail dump detailing the tactics potentially used against progressives, HBGary Federal floated the idea of using “fake insider personas” to infiltrate left-leaning groups critical of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s policies. As HBGary Federal executive Aaron Barr described in several emails, his firm could work with partner companies Palantir and Berico Technologies to manipulate fake online identities, using networks like Facebook, to gain access to private information from his targets. Other presentations are more specific and describe efforts to use social media to hack computers and find vulnerabilities among even the families of people who work at organizations critical of the Chamber.
In one email from the dump, Barr discusses a fake persona he created called “Holly Weber.” She would be born in Portland in 1984, attend Reynolds High School, and work for Lockheed Martin after a stint in the Air Force. Earlier this week, Twitter users actually identified the phony account. Before it was taken down, ThinkProgress snagged screen shots of the fake persona’s Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. (Barr also described his strategy for pretending to be teenagers online). View a screenshot of the fake account below…
With that in mind, who is this person?
"Emilly Desmond" She's been at or near the top of the "people you may know" on Facebook for quite some time now.
We have no mutual friends.
Yet there she is, always there, looking out at me with her rather attractive face ......
Who the fuck is Emilly Desmond? And why is Facebook trolling her in front of my face every time I go to "people you may know?"
Look at some of her "friends". Check out "Adam Fields" of Wisconsin. Tell me if that smells like a real person to you. It sure doesn't to me. Try to look this guy up anywhere else. He doesn't seem to exist.
Six out of her 27 friends are named "Ted". That's rather odd. One of them is Ted Rall. Maybe he fell for the pretty face.
Okay, it gets even stranger. That link above only works if you're logged into Facebook for "Emilly". If you're not logged in, and you google her, the Facebook link that is listed for her is in Polish!
It's just WEIRD.