Resources on Human, Ideological and Technical Subversion

There’s been a lot of talk during the 2016 Presidential Election campaign about Russian foreign influence; primarily via cyber means.


However, part of conducting cyber-attacks involves social and human engineering; in other words, conducting penetrating and exploiting human relationship and networks.


Questions follow:

  • How did this happen?
  • How can things like this happen?
  • What are the means of making things like this happen?


The answers to such questions are not always simple, however there is precedent. Learning what those precedents are can enable risk managers and security specialists can give enough insight whereby they can take steps to mitigate threats to their business interests and/or organizations.


Here is a list of items that will teach businesses and government organizations tactics, techniques and procedures used by adversaries to penetrate/influence your organizations and businesses.

  • Kevin Mitnick . Mitnick went to prison for his deeds. Once he got out of prison, he became a highly sought-after security specialist who leveraged human engineering techniques to penetrate an organizations technical systems.


  • Kim Philby . Philby was a well-known traitor; one person of what was known as the Cambridge Five. He was an agent of influence on multiple realms, but he started by working in the media.


  • Disinformation/Dezinformatsia . An oldie but goodie that provides myriad examples of information campaigns and nefarious marketing tactics.



  • Willing Accomplices . This piece was written in 2011 and attempts to explain how Russian influence and ideological subversion shaped what some recognized as the American politically correct culture.


  • Stalin's Secret Agents . This work is about how the Russians conducted a variety of influence and espionage activities to influence US decision-making during the days of the late President Franklin Roosevelt. Subversion and foreign influence were originally discounted, then the pendulum later swung to the “Red Scare” after World War II.






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