Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mata Hari Wants to Friend You

The following showed up this morning on Al Jazeera English through their wire service sources:
Iranian hackers set up fake Facebook accounts and tried to befriend US and Western officials in an effort to spy on them, an internet security firm has said.
The hackers created fake personas and populated their profiles with fictitious personal content, and then tried to befriend targets, the Reuters news agency reported.
Targets are believed to include a US navy admiral, politicians, ambassadors, lobbyists and officials from several other countries including the UK and Saudi Arabia, according to the internet firm, iSight Partners.
Is anyone surprised that social software should turn out to provide a new layer of efficiency for some of the oldest spycraft techniques?

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