T0049 "Flooding the Information Space"

Tactic stage: TA17

Summary: Flooding and/or mobbing social media channels feeds and/or hashtag with excessive volume of content to control/shape online conversations and/or drown out opposing points of view. Bots and/or patriotic trolls are effective tools to acheive this effect.


Has counters:

C00012 Platform regulation
C00016 Censorship
C00044 Keep people from posting to social media immediately
C00072 Remove non-relevant content from special interest groups - not recommended
C00074 Identify and delete or rate limit identical content
C00085 Mute content
C00086 Distract from noise with addictive content
C00087 Make more noise than the disinformation
C00091 Honeypot social community
C00101 Create friction by rate-limiting engagement
C00122 Content moderation
C00123 Remove or rate limit botnets
C00128 Create friction by marking content with ridicule or other "decelerants"
C00131 Seize and analyse botnet servers
C00153 Take pre-emptive action against actors' infrastructure
C00176 Improve Coordination amongst stakeholders: public and private

Detection methods include:

F00002 Analyse viral fizzle
F00034 Flag the information spaces so people know about active flooding effort
F00053 Government rumour control office (what can we learn?)
F00079 Network anomaly detection
F00081 Need way for end user to report operations


Examples include:

Seen in incidents: