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    The Ukrainian honeytrappers ensnaring Putin's lonely soldiers

    enSeptember 18, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Creative discounts and deals amidst inflationCompanies offer unique promotions to attract consumers, from reverse auctions to heartfelt gifts, while individuals use unconventional methods to gather valuable information.

      Companies are finding creative ways to offer discounts and attractive deals to consumers amidst rising inflation. Mint Mobile, for instance, brought in a reverse auctioneer to lower their prices, offering unlimited wireless service for just $15 a month. On the other hand, 1800 Flowers is focusing on delivering heartfelt gifts to help celebrate life's special moments. Meanwhile, in an unexpected twist, Ukrainian women are using dating apps to gather intelligence from Russian soldiers. This unconventional method provides valuable information, often obtained through casual conversations. These stories highlight the adaptability and resourcefulness of individuals and businesses in various situations.

    • Ukrainian women use dating apps to honeytrap Russian soldiers for intelligenceUkrainian women on dating apps engage Russian soldiers in conversations, avoiding meetings, to gather intel for the military and intelligence services.

      Ukrainian women working for a private intelligence firm have been successfully honeytrapping Russian soldiers on dating apps to gather valuable intelligence for the Ukrainian military and intelligence services. This tactic began during the early stages of the war when Ukrainian women noticed an increase in matches with Russian soldiers on dating apps. The women work in shifts, swiping right on soldiers in uniform and rejecting civilians, and engage in conversations without meeting them in person. They use various excuses to avoid meeting, such as being in the military themselves or having long work hours. The women do this work out of personal motivation, as many have relatives and friends fighting against the Russians, and see potential benefits in developing links with Ukrainian intelligence. The intelligence firm does this work pro bono. The women spend around two hours a day on dating apps, and have been using this method since Tinder was banned in Russia.

    • Ukrainian women use dating apps to gather intelligence on Russian soldiersDuring the Ukraine-Russia conflict, some Ukrainian women work as intelligence gatherers using dating apps, interacting with Russian soldiers under false identities to gather valuable information for the war effort.

      During the Ukraine-Russia conflict, some Ukrainian women have been working as intelligence gatherers by using dating apps to interact with Russian soldiers under false identities. These women, like Angelica, have been doing this job for hours every day from an office, even before the war began. They are able to gather useful intelligence and perform other tasks for the war effort. Despite the challenges they face, such as losing family members, they continue to do this work. Angelica, who we'll keep anonymous for safety reasons, is one such woman. She is charming, articulate, and determined, and has been working for Molfar Asset Agency for several years before the war. She enjoys hobbies like reading, camping, and shopping in her free time. She also has a partner, who she believes helps her emotionally during this difficult time. Using a fake profile on a dating app is a new experience for her, but not the concept of communicating online. Overall, these women's side hustles have become crucial contributions to the war effort.

    • Using AI-generated images and LinkedIn for intelligence gatheringLeverage AI-generated images and LinkedIn for intelligence gathering by creating a profile, identifying useful matches, and utilizing professional resources.

      Creating a successful profile on dating apps for intelligence gathering involves generating artificial intelligence-generated images and setting up a profile, but matching and gathering information from Russian soldiers requires careful consideration. The speaker in this discussion, Angelica, explains that she used AI-generated images of girls in their twenties for various settings to create a profile. When she first started matching with Russian men, she didn't feel nervous or excited but focused on establishing standards. To match with useful soldiers, she tried to identify those wearing uniforms and then considered their age and potential usefulness. It was challenging for her as a non-military person to understand uniforms and ranks. LinkedIn was also discussed as a valuable resource for hiring professionals who may not be actively looking for a job but could be open to the right opportunity. Additionally, PlushCare was promoted as a convenient way to access board-certified physicians for weight loss plans and medications. Overall, this discussion highlights the importance of understanding your audience and carefully considering your approach to achieve your goals, whether it's intelligence gathering or hiring professionals.

    • Communicating with Russian soldiers on dating appsRussian soldiers on dating apps seek relationships and sex, but their confidence and intellectual depth vary greatly. Conversations can provide useful intel, but forming meaningful connections is unlikely.

      Communicating with Russian soldiers on dating apps reveals their eagerness for romantic relationships and sex, but their intellectual depth and confidence levels vary greatly. While some may be confident despite their appearance or language skills, others may be intellectually deprived and overly self-assured. These soldiers often share information that can be useful for intelligence purposes, but the conversations can be frustrating and time-consuming, akin to babysitting. Despite the potential for gaining valuable information, there is little chance of forming a meaningful connection or falling for them due to their motivations for joining the military and being in a foreign country.

    • Women sharing info with intel operatives through online relationships with Russian soldiersWomen are providing intel on Russian soldiers through online relationships, offering insights into morale, equipment, and location, despite challenges like mobile phone restrictions and increased demands for in-person meetings.

      Individuals, including women, are sharing information with intelligence operatives about Russian soldiers through romantic and friendly online conversations. These relationships can last from a few weeks to over a year, but have become more challenging due to restrictions on mobile phone use and increasing demands for video calls and in-person meetings. The information gleaned from these conversations can provide valuable insights into morale, equipment, and location of troops, as well as their beliefs about why they're fighting. While it's unclear if any specific information has directly led to military action, the intelligence services are using this information to build a larger picture of the Russian military situation in Ukraine.

    • Ukrainian Women Gather Intelligence from Russian Soldiers OnlineWomen in Ukraine, such as the Molvar, risk their safety to gather intelligence from Russian soldiers online, providing valuable insights into troop morale and conditions for the Ukrainian military.

      A group of women in Ukraine, known as the Molvar, have been gathering intelligence for the Ukrainian military by engaging in online conversations with Russian soldiers. This information is valuable as it provides insights into troop morale, conditions, and potential weak spots in the Russian lines. The risks for the women involved are significant, as they must protect their identities to avoid repercussions. The practice of gathering intelligence this way is not limited to the Molvar, but it is challenging for individuals to do effectively and safely. This intelligence is crucial to the Ukrainian war effort, as it provides a more accurate picture of Russian troop conditions than what may be reported by their commanders. The women's actions could be seen as a form of resistance against Putin's regime, and if given the opportunity, some of them would confront him to demand accountability for the destruction and loss of life caused by the war.

    • Ukrainian desire for justice and revengeThe Ukrainian people's deep-rooted desire for justice and revenge in the face of ongoing war is emphasized through personal stories and insights from the ground. Importance of health insurance and Mother's Day celebrations are also discussed.

      Learning from our discussion with Maxim Tucker on the Stories of Our Times podcast is the deep-rooted desire for justice and revenge among the Ukrainian people in the face of an ongoing war. Maxim shared personal stories and insights from his reporting on the ground, emphasizing the collective sense of loss and the belief that retribution is a fundamental right. Elsewhere in the podcast, we also heard about the enduring importance of health insurance and the flexible, budget-friendly coverage offered by UnitedHealth Care TriTerm Medical plans. As we celebrate Mother's Day, the importance of giving back to the mothers who have given us so much was also highlighted, with 1-800-Flowers offering various ways to celebrate and save up to 40% on Mother's Day bestsellers. Throughout the podcast, we were reminded of the passage of time and the constant presence of important needs and celebrations, even in the midst of challenging circumstances. Whether it's seeking justice, securing health insurance, or expressing gratitude to our mothers, these are all aspects of life that require our attention and action.

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