Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group

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A slide from a JTRIG presentation leaked by Edward Snowden
Parent organizationGCHQ
Typeintelligence agency
Interestscyberespionage, “fake news”
Subunit of GCHQ that uses deception, dirty tricks, fake news to discredit people on the internet to "deny, disrupt, degrade and deceive".

The Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) is a unit of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK intelligence agency.[1]

Discovery

The group became public knowledge after the Edward Snowden Affair as it is mentioned in documents he publicised.[2]

Mission

The scope of the JTRIG's mission includes using "dirty tricks" to "destroy, deny, degrade [and] disrupt" enemies by "discrediting" them, planting misinformation and shutting down their communications.[2][3] Known as "Effects" operations, the work of JTRIG had become a "major part" of GCHQ's operations by 2010.

Activities

A document published by Glen Greenwald details a long list of software packages, some operational, some planned, for mass surveillance and other cyberespionage purposes. [4]

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that JTRIG use computer viruses to make people's computers unusable, including encrypting of deleting files or emails.[5][6]

According to documents released to NBC News by Edward Snowden, JTRIG's role is to "deny, disrupt, degrade and deceive". This includes use of DDOS attacks on chatrooms.[7]

 

Related Quotation

PageQuoteAuthorDate
GCHQ“Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics:

(1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and

(2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable.”
Glenn Greenwald24 February 2014


References

  1. "Snowden leaks: GCHQ 'attacked Anonymous' hackers". BBC. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. a b "Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and 'Dirty Tricks'". NBC News. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  3. Glenn Greenwald (2014-02-24). "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations". The Intercept.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text"). - contains the DISRUPTION Operational Playbook slide presentation by GCHQ
  4. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/document/2014/07/14/jtrig-tools-techniques/
  5. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/07/snowden_documents_show_british_digital_spies_using_viruses_and_honey_traps/
  6. http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/snowden_cyber_offensive1_nbc_document.pdf
  7. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/07/snowden_documents_show_british_digital_spies_using_viruses_and_honey_traps/