Big Brother is watching you in the virtual world

Be careful when sharing information from your daily life on personal profiles, because every step is now predictable…

Big Brother is watching you in the virtual world

World Bulletin/News Desk

As social media networks are beginning to be seen as an indispensable aspect of daily life, the domination established by intelligence, governments, and organizations over these networks indicates that these virtual worlds are not all that virtual.

A software named Riot, developed by US defense industry giant Raytheon, which tracks internet users through social media networks, has gained exposure in recent days. This software does not limit itself to tracking the sites which a person subscribes to and follows and his activities, but it also provides predictions about the future with near certain accuracy.  

Thanks to these social networks, which gained optimistic popularity following the Arab Spring, and the effectiveness of which in the political arena cannot be denied, many people can now be tracked without difficulty.

Riot is an important part of an Ar-Ge project commenced in 2010. This project is a national security system with the capacity to detect trillions of processes in the cyber world.


Riot gathers information about people’s lives, friends, and all the photographs they share on social media, and graphs the places they visit on a map. In fact by calculating these places, it produces a statistic. Where you’ve gone this week, where you might be now?

In the video released on the Guardian site, Brian Urch from the Raytheon company explains how a person is tracked.

In the explanation, Urch finds the information of Raytheon employee Nick off of social media. Urch presents that Nick goes to Washington National Park and shows a photograph of the latter taken with a blonde woman there.

The presentation in the video in not limited to Nick’s photographs.

As it reveals the places it found on Foursquare, the Riot software can determine the ten places Nick is mostly likely to visit. Since Nick attends the gym at 6am every Monday morning, Riot knows what people do at certain hours, and predicts what move they will make.


The U.S. Department of Defense announced to the public in July 2010 the contents of a program named “Social Media in Strategic Communication” (SMISC) which could both follow and partake in propaganda on social media.


It was later revealed that teams at the Open Source Center at Virginia state collect data by scanning social media every day, and prepare intelligence reports by classifying data whose accuracy has been verified. It has been expressed that the number of tweets the center follows on Twitter has reached 5 million a day. The assignment of selected individuals at US embassies to these CIA efforts was printed in the press.


An 1800 euro fine was handed to a Facebook user last month due to a link shared on their account.

Due to the preview which automatically emerged with the link being copyrighted, a fine was issued to the Facebook user.

Legal professionals who considered the fine appropriate warned users of Facebook and other networking sites to be careful about the content they share.


The General Directorate of Security in Turkey recently placed a prohibition on employees due to their being tracked.

The General Directorate of Security prohibited especially high-level managers, branch managers, supervisors and police officers on critical missions from participating in the virtual world.

Intelligence sources determined that the far-left DHKP/C organization planned to decipher an officer every week to target, and noted that  Facebook and Twitter contained the personal information of members of the security forces.

It was also requested that the relatives and friends of members of the security forces not share personal information such as photographs and addresses in a virtual environment.

Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim gave a critical warning last week to social media users that a social networking site had disclosed that they might share users’ personal information with trusted places. Yildirim said, “Social networking sites are turning into intelligence organizations.”

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