US Military Hire Thousands Of Online Trolls To Conduct ‘Cyber Warfare’
The US Army is preparing to embed thousands of ‘troll soldiers’ within regular infantry units who will be tasked with conducting cyber warfare online.
Military officials say the new cyber-warfare unit will deliberately spread misinformation and counter ‘foreign propaganda’ as a means to protect American interests.
Rt.com reports: Under the new protocol, the army’s cyber soldiers will serve six-month rotations while integrated in infantry units. But unlike their rifle-toting comrades, the keyboard warriors will seek control over the battlefield by “non-kinetic” means.
“Not everything is attack and destroy. How can I influence by non-kinetic means? How can I reach up and create confusion and gain control?” Colonel Robert Ryan, who commands a Hawaii-based combat team, said on Wednesday.
The cyber warriors will tailor operations according to their commanders’ needs, but a standard operation would likely involve dragnet information gathering and intercepting enemy transmissions, according to Colonel William Hartman of the army’s Cyber Command.