Digital Assassination

Protecting your reputation, brand or business against online attacks


“In the future, which is now, everyone will have 15 minutes of shame.”

Two leading reputation experts reveal how online attacks destroy brands, reputations, even lives...and provide a course of actions to turn the tables on digital assassins.


Virtual Kidnapping

September 24, 2014

In our book, we warned that the postings of babies and children could be used for purposes that are less than benign.

Now weird and creepy people on Instagram are appropriating the posted photos of other people’s infants and toddlers and role-playing weird, online threads in which they feed and change the children.  Some are getting a little sexual, asking if the child wants to get “nakey.”

 

 

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Anonymous Promises to Hack ISIS

September 16, 2014

Anonymous Hacks ISISOne group wears black hoods and beheads American and British journalists. The other group wears Guy Fawkes masks and promises to deface the social media of ISIS supporters Turkey and Qatar.

For once, Anonymous is turning its ire away from Western governments and corporations to target an international terrorist group. Will it work? And will the ISIS-related Syrian Electronic Army strike back at U.S. targets?

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Social Blocking: Censorship or Sanity?

August 11, 2014

Social Blocking, Social Media CensorshipTrolls and griefers have long resorted to using impersonation to sow the seeds of dissention among targets ranging from businesses to feminists.  When that fails, they often resort to creative but coarse threats.  Now tech editor Glenn Fleishman has a proposal on Boing Boing to combat these terror campaigns with a new tool he calls “collaborative social blocking.”

Fleishman explains:

With collaborative blocking, a group of people creates a list of accounts to block or, in some cases, mute. The list is propagated through a Web-based app that allows people to opt-in with a Twitter account, authorizing the app to carry out certain behavior on their behalf. Twitter allows clients and specialized apps to block, mute, and unfollow, among other actions.

Some will cry censorship.  Social blocking, if it works, would affirm the right of free association and the ability of groups to hold sensible dialogues, free from fear.

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Teen Suicide, Redux, Redux

July 17, 2014

Another teen humiliated on social media.  Another suicide, this one in San Diego.
The death of Matthew Burdette, 14-year-old Boy Scout, water polo and wrestling team athlete, came on the heels of an embarrassing video posted on Vine and SnapChat.  This led to Matthew being mercilessly teased and bullied at school.
To be fair, his tormentors were not young adults.  They are kids, too.
The remarkable thing about this story is how unremarkable it is.  It is depressingly similar to a dozen incidents harking back to Rutgers student, Tyler Clementi. 
In the past, a rumor about someone’s private life could spread from person to person.  The images of Matthew Burdette were shot out around the world, instantly.  They will live on forever.
Cyber Bullying StatisticsAnother teen humiliated on social media.  Another suicide, this one in San Diego.

The death of Matthew Burdette, 14-year-old Boy Scout, water polo and wrestling team athlete, came on the heels of an embarrassing video posted on Vine and SnapChat.  This led to Matthew being mercilessly teased and bullied at school.

To be fair, his tormentors were not young adults.  They are kids, too.

The remarkable thing about this story is how unremarkable it is.  It is depressingly similar to a dozen incidents harking back to Rutgers student, Tyler Clementi. 

In the past, a rumor about someone’s private life could spread from person to person.  The images of Matthew Burdette were shot out around the world, instantly.  They will live on forever.
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