Terrorists Sneaking Through Social Networks

Tue, Sep 11, 2012, by Nxwtypx

Social Networks

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Greetings, dear readers. I read today on VR-Zone about a tactic some terrorist organizations, like the Taliban or Al Qaeda, are employing Facebook to gain military intelligence. Operatives of said groups are joining the popular social network posing as good-looking women and are attempting to add soldiers as friends, which will then grant insight into the movements of that soldier’s unit, should he be careless about posting information, while assuming that Facebook’s privacy settings will keep them safe.
An even more cunning version of this tactic is to assume the identity of someone from the soldier’s past. Social engineering at it’s finest, this. I’m amazed to see this employed on the battlefield (battlefield 2.0?) – I always thought of these kinds of things were more the arena of corporate information leaks.

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  1. Uma Shankari Says:

    Good warning. Social networks have great potential, so bad elements would always want to take advantage of its wide coverage.

  2. Edyta N. Tehrani Says:

    There is a bad side of social networking for all of us. People in general give away too much information that can be at any time used against them because they don’t think of it as a public place. The two golden rules are: Never accept invitations from people you don’t know and never post anything you would not want to be known by a public.

  3. avissado Says:

    yeah it is serious. thanks for the warning

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