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The Rise of the Shadow Data Brokers

Article by Yacoov Apelbaum. Originally published on Nov. 6th, 2019

A number of internet researchers and reporters have asked me to evaluate some of the imagery and files that are being distributed by one George M. Nasif through his TwitterFacebook, and website. Nasif claims to possess vast amounts of proprietary DOJ, diplomatic, intelligence community, and law enforcement records, in addition to donor credit card payments and a variety of classified emails. Nasif, who promotes himself as a network security specialist has significant presence and engagement on SM. His Twitter network alone has over 17K followers and its growing.

George Nasif Profile
Image 1: George Nasif’s Twitter Profile


George Nasif, AKA George Michael Nasif, makes a lot of bold claims about the esoteric sources of his data and his deep knowledge and insight into current events. These claims seem to resonate well with his followers and influence network. A typical posting that promotes his content includes statements like:

“My Server files on the gangsters of the Obama admin. over 2 million documents. 3 Terabytes of information. Has now more than doubled to over 6 TB of files”

George M Nasif Claim
Image 2: George Nasif’s cave of data wanders

Running the sentinel AI on Nasif’s depositories (some of which are housed in a public DropBox archive) reveals that almost all of his data and images were scraped from various forums, websites, and social media outlets. None of the examined data is proprietary in any way nor was it obtained recently. Also, contrary to his claims, his data set doesn’t even come close to 6 TB or millions of files.

The following image illustrates the data sources found on Nasif’s site. This screenshot is a Nasif snippet from a flight log on Jeffery Epstein’s Boing 727-31 TN N908JE showing Bill Clinton on the passenger list. This document was originally disclosed as part of the Epstein v. Edwards lawsuit in 2009, it was collected by Nick Bryant and published through John Cook via Gawker.com.

Bill Clinton Travel Log Entery
Image 3: Nasif’s snippet of the flight logs to Epstein’s private island

Nasif however, doesn’t provide a direct link to the source document nor does he credit John Cook and Nick Bryant. Instead, as can be gleaned from his tweet below, he implies that his depository may just be the only remaining source for this information, which is clearly not the case.

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