Verify that friend request!
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.