Documents taken from the National Security Agency by Edward Snowden, describe techniques developed by a secret British spy unit called the Joint Threat Research and Intelligence Group (JTRIG).A part of a growing mission to attack adversaries ranging from Iran to Anonymous. According to the documents, which come from presentations in 2010 and 2012 from a NSA cyber spy conference, the goal was to “destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt” enemies by “discrediting” them, planting misinformation and shutting down their communications.
Using all tools available against nations, hackers, terror groups, suspected criminals and arms dealers that include releasing computer viruses, spying on journalists and diplomats, jamming phones and computers, and using sex to lure targets into “honey traps.”
Cyber attacks and propaganda operations are the main categories. The propaganda campaigns use deception, mass messaging and “pushing stories” on social media like, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube.
JTRIG also uses “false flag” operations. Attacking victims and blaming the desired source.
The spy unit’s cyber attack methods include the same “denial of service” or DDOS tactic used by computer hackers to shut down government and corporate websites.
Other documents taken from the NSA by Snowden show that JTRIG, which is part of the NSA’s British counterpart, the cyber spy agency known as GCHQ, used a DDOS attack to shut down Internet chat rooms used by members of the hacktivist group known as Anonymous.