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7/9/2010
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Facebook And National Security: Two Cases

Dark Reading's Kelly Jackson Higgins wrote about the fake Robin Sage account, which duped many in vetted circles to add "Robin" as a Facebook friend. Now from Israel comes a story of how soldiers from a secret IDF base created a Facebook group for it.

Dark Reading's Kelly Jackson Higgins wrote about the fake Robin Sage account, which duped many in vetted circles to add "Robin" as a Facebook friend. Now from Israel comes a story of how soldiers from a secret IDF base created a Facebook group for it.Neither of these stories "ring" new -- these types of things happen all the time. But together they paint a picture that cannot be ignored.

In the Robin Sage story, a red team hacker created the fake profile, showing how it could track troop movements and even get job offers:

"Lockheed and other firms made job offers to Robin, some inviting her to dinner to discuss employment prospects. "I was surprised at how people in her same command friended her -- people actually in the same command and the same building," Ryan says."
In the IDF story, soldiers simply created a Facebook group for their unit to share photos, etc.

I did not see the group, but I am certain there were a few messages telling members to "keep their mouths shut" about key issues, maintaining security.

The Robin Sage account social-engineered its way into the updates of "colleagues" -- this group mapped that there is a base and who serves there -- at the very least. Whatever information the soldiers shared is just topping. (I don't think much of anything was shared.)

It is time for government circles to understand that disallowing Facebook and similar sites, or telling people how they are evil, is not going to work. User education is not going to help. Two options remain: Either ban it and enforce that action, or as an alternative start monitoring your employees' Facebook accounts (with their explicit consent).

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Gadi Evron is an independent security strategist based in Israel. Special to Dark Reading. Gadi is CEO and founder of Cymmetria, a cyber deception startup and chairman of the Israeli CERT. Previously, he was vice president of cybersecurity strategy for Kaspersky Lab and led PwC's Cyber Security Center of Excellence, located in Israel. He is widely recognized for ... View Full Bio

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