Cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton tells battlefront stories from the global war being conducted through clicks, swipes, internet access, technical backdoors and massive espionage schemes. She investigates the cyberwarriors who are planning tomorrow’s attacks, weaving a fascinating tale of Artificial Intelligent mutations carrying out attacks without human intervention, “deepfake” videos that look real to the naked eye, and chatbots that beget other chatbots. Finally, Payton offers readers telltale signs that their most fundamental beliefs are being meddled with and actions they can take or demand that corporations and elected officials must take before it is too late.
The updated paperback edition, including new information on real world cases of AI, chatgpt, tiktok, and all the latest and greatest exploits of manipulation campaigns, will leave readers both captivated and chilled to the bone.
ContentsPrologueIntroductionChapter 1: How Did We Get Here?Chapter 2: Motives & Targets: Manipulation in a Post-Truth, Post-Trust EraChapter 3: How Do You Know What You Think You Know?Chapter 4: The Manipulators and Their MethodsChapter 5: Hackers in the TrenchesChapter 6: Exclusive Interview: Anatomy of a Manipulation CampaignChapter 7: The U.S. Elections 2016-2018Chapter 8: America Isn't the Only Target Chapter 9: The Next Target: What Attacks Can We Expect in 2020 and Beyond?Chapter 10: Your Worst Nightmare: The Death of DemocracyChapter 11: What Can You Do?
Chapter 12: Unraveled Deceptions: The Final Revelation
Author’s NoteAbout the Author
Theresa Payton’s book on emerging security threats in cyberspace will pry your eyes wide-open to what is at stake for elections around the world, and other shenanigans involving your digital identity. After reading it you will understand why we are living in such divisive times and you will be much wiser when developing your online presence.
Manipulated takes on what is arguably the most important issue facing Americans today: the global digital war on democracy being waged by our geopolitical adversaries. Indeed, as she explains, most of the world is threatened by cyber election meddling. The basic story is familiar to people who follow the news. Russian and Chinese state actors, along with cyberwar units in Iran and elsewhere, are using highly sophisticated digital technologies to shift American public opinion and even hack the election infrastructure itself. What Payton does so skillfully in the book, though, is to flesh out the frightening reality of America’s true vulnerability to foreign manipulation of its political process. Payton comes to this task with strong credentials. She was the first woman to serve as White House CIO, under President George W. Bush. Now, Payton is CEO of Fortalice Solutions, a cybersecurity and intelligence services firm. She brings an experienced eye to a subject that can be overwhelming and bewildering to most Americans.
In light of the misinformation that is constantly assaulting ALL of our ‘newsfeeds’, & the threat to our democracy via cyber warfare and cyber security, this is a book you should order TODAY.
Anyone that reads the news, watches TV or is on social networks needs to read this book! You are being manipulated and this book gives you the tools to recognize when you’re being manipulated and how to stop it!
Manipulated begins each chapter with a brief fictionalized story about what’s going on out there among hackers, politicians, criminals, and others, creating a ‘spy thriller’ thread throughout the book. Chapters then go into different aspects of digital manipulation, exploring real life situations and examples taken from today’s headlines and behind-the-scenes experiences of the author.
Manipulated traces the rise of disinformation in today’s connected world and why the problem for free and open societies is only becoming more acute. While covert influence has been a feature of statecraft in modern history, what’s new is the ease and scale that nation-states – or private groups – can mislead audiences, distort truth, besmirch brands, foment political strife or agitate social cleavages with a few well-placed socket puppets and amplification networks. Having been on the front lines of cyber intelligence for two decades, Theresa offers tangible solutions to safeguard the information commons and protect our digital world.
With the COVID-19 pandemic globally and upcoming elections in the United States, we all are subjected to ongoing propaganda and manipulation campaigns. Theresa Payton's new book Manipulated walks the reader step by step how to spot any kind of misinformation or manipulation campaign, explains how to understand who is behind it, and what their motives are. Any reader will be shocked to learn all of their true motivations. I highly recommend reading this newly published book!
The book Manipulated was written from the front lines of a cyber warrior. After assessing what happened in global elections in 2016 and 2018, Theresa offers her predictions for where we are headed in 2020. Given her uncanny ability to predict where cybercriminals will attack next, all of us would do well to listen – including our elected officials and Big Tech. What will the world look like if this meddling continues? The fight requires government actions, a commitment from social media companies, tech giants, and all of us, locking arms and working together. The end of Manipulated includes a how-to guide for global governments and citizens, empowering the reader to take action.
7/21/2023, The Julie Mason Show on Sirius XM Radio: Theresa Payton was interviewed about AI and the book was mentioned.
6/19/20, The UN Brief: Watch a wide-ranging interview covering cybersecurity issues by Maya Plentz of The UN Brief with the author on YouTube. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8lc33TmsgU&feature=emb_err_woyt
8/3/20: Author Shari Botwin interviewed on CNBC's “Street Signs Asia:” “U.S. government will have a seat at the table as Microsoft and ByteDance negotiate."
8/21/20: Author quoted in The U.S. Sun (2.5m UVPM), “Kamala Harris tricked into climate phone call slamming Donald Trump by Russian Pranksters posing as Greta Thunberg.”
9/4/2020: C-SPAN Author interview on "Manipulated" airing Saturday, 9/5 at 6:30 PM and posted online Friday, 9/4.
10/18/20, Cisco Secure Security Stories Podcast: Theresa Payton discusses Election 2020 manipulation and misinformation campaigns and the stories behind the book. Link on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1G6RVoPJSZZ5TbLsE4AtRL
11/2/20: Author interviewed on The Jim Bohannon radio show discussing book.
11/2/20: New York Times quoted author in article, “U.S. Cyber Command Expands Operations to Hunt Hackers From Russia, Iran and China.”
2/3/21, CSO Online: Author and book featured in the article “Biden administration brings expertise, new attitude to cybersecurity.”
2/3/21, Microsoft Security blog: Author and book are featured in the Afternoon Cyber Tea podcast and blog and Twitter feed.
2/28/21, Business Insider: Author Theresa Payton's writes a Business Insider opinion piece on how the Biden Administration can address the global 'infodemic'in 2021.
3/5/21, Today Show: Author Theresa Payton on with Tom Costello discussing cybersecurity and deep fakes.
10/25/21, Forbes: Theresa Payton and the book are featured in this article.
1/5/22, Digital Disrupted Podcast: Author Theresa Payton discussed key themes from the book.
5/12/22, Newsweek: Theresa Payton penned an opinion piece about national security technology.
8/23/22, CNN International Quest Means Business: Theresa Payton discussed the possibility for malicious actors to take over Twitter accounts to manipulate people.
9/24/22, Tulsa World: Theresa Payton and the book were featured in this piece.
9/30/22, 9 News Australia: Theresa Payton talked about the Optus data breach in this segment.
11/10/22, USA Today: In this article by Marc Saltzman about online scams targeting veterans and active duty members, author Theresa Payton was interviewed.