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Messing with the enemy : surviving in a social media world of hackers, terrorists, Russians, and fake news

Author: Clint Watts
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Clint Watts electrified the nation when he testified in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. In Messing with the Enemy, the counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and homeland security expert introduces us to a frightening world in which terrorists and cyber criminals don't hack your computer, they hack your mind. Watts reveals how these malefactors use  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clint Watts
ISBN: 9780062795984 0062795988
OCLC Number: 1037014760
Description: 289 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Omar and Carfizzi --
The rise and fall of the virtual caliphate --
"That is not an option unless it's in a body bag" --
Rise of the trolls --
Harmony, disharmony, and the power of secrets --
Putin's plan --
Postmortem --
Staring at the men who stare at goats --
From preference bubbles to social inception: the future of influence --
Surviving in a social media world.
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"Clint Watts electrified the nation when he testified in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. In Messing with the Enemy, the counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and homeland security expert introduces us to a frightening world in which terrorists and cyber criminals don't hack your computer, they hack your mind. Watts reveals how these malefactors use your social media information and that of your family, friends and colleagues to map your social networks, identify your vulnerabilities, master your fears and harness your preferences. Thanks to the schemes engineered by social media manipulators using you and your information, business executives have coughed up millions in fraudulent wire transfers, seemingly good kids have joined the Islamic State, and staunch anti-communist Reagan Republicans have cheered the Russian government's hacking of a Democratic presidential candidate's e-mails. Watts knows how they do it because he's mirrored their methods to understand their intentions, combat their actions, and co-opt their efforts. Watts examines a range of social media platforms--from the first Internet forums to the current titans of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn--and bad actors--from al-Qaeda to the Islamic State to the Russian social media troll farm--to illuminate exactly how our enemies use Western social media for their nefarious purposes. He explains how he's learned, through his successes and his failures, to engage with hackers, terrorists, and even the Russians--and how these interactions have generated methods for fighting back against those who seek to harm people on the Internet. He concludes with a snapshot of how advances in artificial intelligence will make future influence even more effective and dangerous to social media users and democratic governments worldwide. Shocking, funny, and eye-opening, Messing with the Enemy is a deeply urgent guide for living safe and smart in a super-connected world."--Jacket.

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