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    Enemy Looking at the Military

    I got this from one of the EOD web sites and thought it would be of interest, especially to some of our military members. I didn't include a URL since the referred site was a member type site called "G2".

    Al-Qaida Eyes U.S. Troops MySpace Pages

    Al-Qaida eyes troops’ MySpace pagesPosted in January 7th, 2008 by
    Terresa Monroe-Hamilton in Middle East/Terrorism, PoliticsFrom the G2
    Bulletin:

    British intelligence monitors operatives gathering details from websites

    By Gordon Thomas

    LONDON - In an unprecedented New Year “high priority” warning, MI5,
    Britain’s Security Service, has asked British troops to remove all
    personal details they posted over the Christmas period on the social
    networking websites Facebook, MySpace and Friends Reunited.

    MI5 Internet analysts discovered al-Qaida operatives had been
    monitoring the sites to gather details that could be used to launch
    terror attacks.

    Under the heading “Personal Security,” the two-page document, signed
    by MI5 chief Jonathan Evans, was circulated on New Year’s Day to all
    British commanders in Britain, Afghanistan and Iraq.

    “You are requested to ensure that service connections on chatroom and
    dating sites do not appear. Be especially careful if you use Facebook,
    MySpace or Friends Reunited.”

    The MI5 analysts have seen that many thousands of servicemen and women
    had posted personal details on those websites and had included news of
    their careers, pictures of themselves in uniforms and details of past
    postings.

    “Those details in the hands of al-Qaida operatives offer invaluable
    information,” Evans warns.

    Access to Facebook is restricted to members. But all that is required
    to register is an e-mail address.

    “We now know al-Qaida is using hundreds of false accounts to access
    the personal pages of many service personnel listed on regimental
    forums on the site,” states the MI5 document.

    As an indication of the danger on New Year’s Eve, one MI5 analyst
    uncovered the names of 954 servicemen on the Royal Marines network on
    Facebook and another analyst found on MySpace no fewer than 127 names
    of Royal Anglican Regiment soldiers.

    “Many of the soldiers gave their full names, dates of birth, home
    towns, names of family members, girlfriends or wives, the locations of
    where they had served and photos posing with colleagues and weapons.”

    “That kind of detail,” warns the MI5 document, “is pure gold to
    terrorists. It can enable them to plot an attack as never before. And
    not only on targets in the field, but against the families of those
    soldiers.”

    Last year, MI5 uncovered a plot to kidnap a British Muslim soldier who
    had recently returned from service abroad and to behead him on the
    Internet.

    “The United Kingdom remains a target for al-Qaida’s home-grown
    Islamist activity. Attacking soft targets causes maximum casualties
    and fear,” reveals the report.

    Citing the attack on Glasgow Airport last summer, the document adds:
    “Most recent incidents of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices
    were the work of educated men who knew how to use information
    intelligently.

    “The truth is that in 2008 al-Qaida will continue to recruit
    extremists to conduct suicide attacks both in Britain and abroad, as
    well as recruiting sympathizers prepared to assist by providing
    accommodation, transportation and funding,” concluded the warning from
    Jonathan Evans.

    But even as he had penned it, there came the huge embarrassment of
    learning that the new head of the Joint Intelligence Committee – the
    supremo of all British intelligence who acts as the link between MI5,
    MI6, GCHQ and the government – had posted his intimate details on
    Facebook.

    Far from hiding himself from the scrutiny of terrorists, Alex Allen,
    56, had used the website to list his home phone number, address and
    names of family friends, and his hobbies: cycling, card games and
    sailing. On his Facebook entry, Allen, who took over Jan. 1 as head of
    JIC, revealed he is a fan of the 1970s American band the Grateful Dead
    and likes to windsurf on the Thames.

    Hours after a call from Evans, the red-faced Allen had taken down his
    Facebook revelations. But almost certainly not before they had been
    noted by one of the Islamist terrorists Evans had warned about.


    Just food for thought.
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    Rick,

    Thanks for the heads up. The USAF has warned its folks, but I hadn't seen particulars about the UK plot.

    Again--Gracias.

    Cheers,
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    Good reminder to all! I sent it to my step-son (USMC) just to remind him. Thanks!
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    Good timing...since there are folks that might believe that the internet is not being used for terrorist activities. It also shrinks our boarders...as there is no such thing now being far far away...

    the other Rick

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    How and why these folks post so much personal info is beyond me ..... while none of us is anonymous totally, the posting on the web of addresses, phone numbers etc - crazy!!

    Certainly it is not hard to envisage the ease of targetting mil families, as just one example.
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    Even without the threat of terrorists targeting you or your family, there is also the threat of identity theft. Posting a lot of personal info makes it easier for identity thieves. Why make it easy for any BG(terrorist or otherwise) to target you?

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    similar thing in every opsec breif. and there was an article in blacklisted411 a while back about this. i'll look for the article again but you can get all kinds of information about someone with a fone number and google. myspace only makes it easier.
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    The gal's tend to use it like a open diary, the guys a brag book, me I avoid the stuff, but all my kids have their pages and I can often find out more about them than they want me to know just by snooping their My Space account, yeah I figured out their password a long time ago...
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    They should set up some fake ones to bait the terrorists into an ambush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morintp View Post
    They should set up some fake ones to bait the terrorists into an ambush.
    What makes you think they are not already doing that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon J View Post
    What makes you think they are not already doing that?
    Well it won't work now....... He gave it away!!
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    MI5 Internet analysts discovered al-Qaida operatives had been monitoring the sites to gather details that could be used to launch
    terror attacks.
    Well, yeah, of course they are. Anyone with internet access does a bit of cruising. Anyone with a goal in mind goes hunting. And anyone with a "hook in the water" goes chumming. MI5 analysts "discovered" this just recently? I'd think it impossible to not be happening.

    What's true lunacy is that, as others have suggested, folks so willingly publish so much personal data about themselves where anybody can view it. Put two and two together, and ...
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