Senior British military officers and officials were tricked into revealing personal information to spies by a faked Facebook account set up in the name of NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe James Stavridis, reports suggest.
“NATO officials are reluctant to say publicly who was behind the attack. But the Sunday Telegraph has learned that in classified briefings, military officers and diplomats were told the evidence pointed to "state-sponsored individuals in China,” The Telegraph says.
“Although they are unlikely to have found any genuine military secrets from the Facebook accounts they accessed, the incident is highly embarrassing…In the wake of it NATO has advised senior officers and officials to open their own social networking pages to prevent a repeat of the security breach.”
Since the breach took place, Facebook has been developing a system to allow public figures to verify their accounts using a government-issued photo ID, and also allows them to display a preferred pseudonym instead of their real name. On the NATO case, Facebook released a statement saying that it had “removed the profile for violating our terms within a business day of receiving a report.”
The incident is a big blow to NATO, which has increasingly turned to social media to help spread word of its work. Back in October, Stavridis used his Facebook page to announce his intention to end the war in Libya following Muammar Gaddafi’s capture.
“An extraordinary 24 hours in Libya. As SACEUR, I will be recommending conclusion of this mission to the North Atlantic Council of NATO in a few hours. A good day for NATO. A great day for the people of Libya,” he wrote on his wall.
Thtatuth update: enjoy your civil war, Libya lol
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