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Hizbullah Spying Through 'Facebook'

IDF intelligence concerned social network site being used to glean info from soldiers, set up meetings with terrorists.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/5/2008, 10:16 AM

According to the intelligence community in Israel, Hizbullah terrorists are becoming increasingly computer savvy, using Facebook to learn more about IDF soldiers, potential targets for kidnappings.

Yeshiva World News reported that IDF intelligence officials are concerned that soldiers may unwittingly give the enemy information through social networking sites or even arrange to meet an internet companion who is in fact a terrorist. The IDF has undertaken an aggressive awareness campaign for soldiers, instructing them to be careful regarding what information they may reveal, cautioning and instructing them not to reveal the name of the branch of the service in which they serve, unit details et cetera. This is especially true of soldiers serving in the air force, intelligence, and elite combat units.

Dangerous liaisons
One military intelligence official explained that Facebook has become a major resource for terrorists seeking to gather information on soldiers and IDF units.

Other concerns including meetings arranged via Facebook in which soldiers remain unaware of
A soldier who serves in an intelligence unit was recently sentenced to 19 days in a military jail for posting a photo of his base on Facebook.
the true identity of terrorists, befriending them and then revealing classified information that will be used to harm soldiers in the future.

A soldier who serves in an intelligence unit was recently sentenced to 19 days in a military jail for posting a photo of his base on Facebook.

War room photo
Israeli civilians have taken up the matter as well. A recently created users' group is dedicated to stopping intelligence leaks through the social networks. The group numbers more than 800 members who report any security violations they encounter.

The group's founder said that he decided to act when he was travelling abroad. While surfing the internet he ran into a picture of two female soldiers inside a war room with a classified map including clearly visible sensitive code names in the background.