Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SITREP - 2016 RIO – WhatsApp in Brazil / OSINT

On 20 July 2016, RIO OSINT revealed that local and national negative social media sentiment remains high after the Brazilian government suspended service of WhatsApp, a social media communication tool for the vendors failure to cooperate with several past court orders. Facebook owns WhatsApp. Brazilian citizens are upset that they cannot use this application to communicate, thus adding to the already negative social media sentiment regarding many public social issues against the Brazilian government. Anonymous has hacked a government court web site and claimed responsibility. Anonymous is posting and urging the public in taking action and providing alternative communication platform ideas; which use encryption. Social media sentiment is a very good barometer on potential social unrest and or protest development as the 2016 Summer Olympic events begin on 5 August 2016. We are providing this information for your situational awareness.

Publication date:  20 July 2016
Handling requirements:  Traffic light protocol (TLP) GREEN
Attribution/Threat Actors: Tier I – Social Media operators

Actor Type: Potential Targets:  Rio de Janeiro / Summer Olympics 

This report was published in its entirety to the Financial Services ISAC and Red Sky Alliance portal on July 20, 2016.  For more information, contact Wapack Labs at 844-4-WAPACK.