Spycraft 101: Don’t fall for fake Facebook profiles

And I’m looking at you, NATO bigwigs.

Didn’t their mamas tell them not to accept friend requests from strangers?

How spies used Facebook to steal NATO chiefs’ details.

NATO’S most senior commander was at the centre of a major security alert when a series of his colleagues fell for a fake Facebook account opened in his name – apparently by Chinese spies.

Senior British military officers and Ministry of Defence officials are understood to have been among those who accepted “friend requests” from the bogus account for American Admiral James Stavridis.

They thought they had become genuine friends of Nato’s Supreme Allied Commander – but instead every personal detail on Facebook, including private email addresses, phone numbers and pictures were able to be harvested.

If I wrote about stuff like this in a thriller… actually, I may just do that.

Every high school and college dorm has a poster on the wall telling teenagers how to avoid making fools of themselves on social networks. It’s time to stick one in the lobby at Britain’s Ministry of Defence.

2 responses to “Spycraft 101: Don’t fall for fake Facebook profiles

  1. Here’s the part of the article I love:

    “…Nato has advised senior officers and officials to open their own social networking pages to prevent a repeat of the security breach. ”

    So now you can try to Friend the Admiral for real!

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