Australian Soldiers Learn Their Facebook Friends May be Enemies
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:24 PM EDT
Australian soldiers are learning their Facebook friends may actually be enemies.
Taliban insurgents are posing as "attractive women" on Facebook to lure Australian troops into giving away military secrets. In a report done by the Australian Government, they found that an "overt reliance" of privacy settings had led to a "false sense of security" among soldiers.
By creating fake profiles, the Taliban befriends coalition soldiers making it easier for them to spy on them and gather intelligence about operations in Afghanistan.
Troops are now being briefed on how to spot a fake profile before they are deployed. They are also being warned about the dangers of geotagging, a function of many websites that secretly logs the location from where a post is made or a photo is uploaded.
The report also found friends and family of soldiers are inadvertently jeopardizing missions by sharing confidential information online, like names, ranks and locations.