In a previous article – which was republished in Activist Post, and The Burning Platform – readers were introduced on how the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, has created a fifth operational domain (the first four being air, land, sea, space) called cyber which they use with great success to propagandise and brainwash the masses around the globe, particularly on social media, as an instrument to gain support for their war follies.
This article will provide a more detailed assessment of this important form of covert warfare, as it is, stealthily yet effectively, being perpetrated on ordinary people without them even knowing they are its targeted subjects.
What is Cyber Warfare?
Though Cyber Warfare is often described as actions by a nation-states or international organizations to attack and attempt to damage another nation’s computers or information networks, what is often left out is how it is used to great effect on social media and is aimed towards ordinary citizens.
According to Imperva, there are 7 types of Cyber Warfare attacks:
The one of concern here is “propaganda attacks” which they define as follows [emphasis added].
Attempts to control the minds and thoughts of people living in or fighting for a target country. Propaganda can be used to expose embarrassing truths, spread lies to make people lose trust in their country, or side with their enemies.
Looking at this definition, it becomes apparent that propaganda is a kind of mind control. Other definitions for propaganda include:
Propaganda is information that is not impartial and used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission).
“Information or ideas that are spread by an organized group or government to influence people’s opinions, especially by not giving all the facts or by secretly emphasizing only one way of looking at the facts. (Cambridge Dictionary)”
The above definition makes reference to ideas spread by organisations or even the government. In fact, the word government is quite telling in itself, though most people don’t even realise the etymological significance of the word itself.