Hezbollah Aftermath – Google Earth and Sky News: Psychological warfare Online [update #3]
with the recent hezbollah-israel conflict in south lebanon and the north of israel, quite a bit of online information warfare activity is a foot.
most of the online attacks and defacements are proceeding as usual, with one side’s unaffiliated hackers attacking the other and the other side’s unaffiliated hackers retaliating.
some of the more interesting information warfare going on is actually on the psychological warfare front – online on the internet.
israel seems to be rather behind and not really catching up, utilizing its’ state department on the diplomatic front to lobby support around the world. hezbollah seems more interested in affecting public opinion and psychological stress among the israeli population itself, mostly by the speeches of their leader.
hezbollah’s supporters, however, utilize the internet for online psychological warfare campaigns. this by itself makes for a very interesting study.
as the internet is used, this is psychological warfare by the use of information warfare.
looking at lebanon in google earth, one will quickly find pictures and comments on sites which were bombarded by the israeli forces. this is quite impressive. you can find pictures of downed buildings and what-not.
israeli citizens seem to be catching up and uploading pictures of their own to google earth on locations in israel which have been damaged.
israel though seems to be behind, as google earth seems to be full of pro-palestinian and general political propaganda and links if you go and look at locations of interest to this region there.
many online news outlets recently published online polls, asking people what their take on the middle-east situation is. on sky news, this poll does not seem to be protected and the score right now seems to go to the palestinian side, rising at hundreds of votes per minute.
apparently sky news does not check for multiple votes from the same ip address. their defenses are client-based, so one does not even have to use compromised hosts such as proxies or bots (a botnet) to manipulate the score.
i expect unaffiliated israeli hackers will soon start attacking back. this conflict is soon becoming very interesting.
other posts on this subject:
gaza electronic aftermath – hacker wars
team evil incident (cyber-terrorism defacement analysis and response)
the score is now pro-israeli.
middle east: are israel’s actions justified?
* yes 68.69% (544,951 votes)
* no 31.30% (248,373 votes)
it seems like the two sides are nullifying each other. the sky news poll seems to be aligned with the cnn poll right now.
regular polls range at about 20k voters:
g8 summit: what’s the key issue?
* middle east 25.76% (6,251 votes)
* global poverty 19.51% (4,736 votes)
* climate change 54.71% (13,276 votes)
is 62 too old to become a mum?
* yes 91.78% (14,004 votes)
* no 8.21% (1,253 votes)