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ProFiber Disinformation Advisory System

Current Threat Level : Red, Severe Risk

July 15, 2005 - LafayetteProFiber raised the threat level to Code Red in response to changing conditions and new intelligence regarding the likelihood of an imminent severe disinformation attack.

Discussion 

A misleading mail piece has gone out to Lafayette residents. The text below which is in bold refers to charges in the 4- page mailer. The design of the piece is meant to elicit Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt...Large, screaming headlines dominate the piece. (The headline on the front page is literally being screamed by a young boy.) The flyer hopes to gain some credibility by quoting newspapers but, unfortunately for the author's arguments, the sort of selective quotation you find there only serves to put the reader on notice that the argument being made cannot be supported any other way.

Recommended Activities

All Acadiana citizens should continue to be vigilant, take notice of their surroundings, and report suspicious items or activities to local authorities immediately. Special caution should be taken during Red:Severe advisories to carefully evaluate the credibility of surprising or conviently available "new" information. Be Patient. Expect some delays in confirming information, and spend more time confirming information and be aware of what is not being said or reported..Citizens should devise a plan to develop secure and unmanipulated lines of communication for themselves and their family, and stay informed about what to do during an emergency situation.


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About the ProFiber Disinformation Advisory System

The Profiber Disinformation Advisory System is designed to target our protective measures when specific information regarding a specific threat to accurate information is received. It combines threat information with vulnerability assessments , provides communications channels to the public and access to accurate, fact-checked information concerning the threat to reason.

Disinformation Threat Advisories contain actionable information about an incident involving, or a threat targeting, critical local information networks. They could, for example, relay newly developed procedures that, when implemented, would significantly improve information security or protection. They could also suggest a change in readiness posture, protective actions, or response. 

Disinformation Bulletins communicate information of interest to Lafayette's critical informational infrastructures that do not meet the timeliness, specificity, or significance thresholds of warning messages. Such information may include statistical reports, periodic summaries, incident response or reporting guidelines, common vulnerabilities and patches, and configuration standards or tools. It also may include preliminary requests for information. Bulletins are targeted to all concerned citizens

.• Color-coded Disinformation Threat Level System is used to communicate with informational media and the public at large through a threat-based, color-coded system so that protective measures can be implemented to reduce the likelihood or impact of an attack.

Citizen Guidance on the Homeland Security Advisory System

posted:9/20/04

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