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Last fall, Matt Goerzen began dedicating eight hours a day, five days a week, to tracking down internet trolls, security researchers, media manipulators and hackers.
An associate producer and researcher for Viceland’s Cyberwar, Goerzen is tasked with investigating the dark ecosystem of cyberwarfare. Since joining the network, he’s pursued stories on tech developed to surveil activist communities, memetic warfare and malware that recruits unwitting devices for DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.
It’s a bleak, if fascinating, landscape to spend any amount of time in. For the episode on memetic warfare, the Cyberwar team closely perused white supremacist websites. The anti-immigrant Soldiers of Odin – classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2016 — is another community