Skip to comments.Chinese Spies Use Fake Facebook Pages to Gain Intel
Posted on 03/12/2012 7:58:06 PM PDT by U-238
Were always hearing about high-end cyber epionage but sometimes, enemy spies can steal military secrets without investing a ton of time or money breaking into Pentagon networks. In fact, Chinese spies just used a fake Fasebook account to get personal information from a ton of NATO officials. Yup, Chinese spies set up a face Facebook page for Adm. James Stavridis, chief of U.S. European Command and fooled a bunch of high-ranking military officials into friending the fake admiral and sharing info with them.
This is a pretty common move, just a couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with a senior military officer who said that he and his staff had found a fake Facebook profile for him.
Late last year, senior British military officers, Defense Ministry officials, and other government officials were tricked into becoming Facebook friends with someone masquerading as United States Navy admiral James Stavridis. By doing so, they exposed their own personal information (such as private e-mail addresses, phone numbers, pictures, the names of family members, and possibly even the details of their movements), to unknown spies.
If you feel like the name is familiar, it should be. Stavridis happens to be the current Commander, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM), and NATOs Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). Its really no coincidence he was chosen as the one to fake a Facebook profile of.
Stavridis uses Facebook quite a bit. For example, in October 2011 he used his Facebook account to tell the world of his intent to end the organizations mission in Libya.
NATO officials are reluctant to publicly state who was behind the attack, but The Telegraph says China is to blame. The publication quotes classified briefings in which military officers and diplomats were told the evidence pointed to state-sponsored individuals in China.
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I might have expected Chinese to set up honey traps on Facebook, but to brazenly impersonate an officer and get his actual friends to share classified or higher stuff on FACEBOOK?!? FACEBOOK?!? It would not have mattered if that was really him; US defense secrets are not appropriate matter for FACEBOOK!!!
I’d comment, but I’m on the Nut Job Conspiracy Ping List. So I think it’s best to leave this one alone.
Curiouser and curiouser. This sounds like the real Stavridis, not the phony one. Unless he closed his account down, how could the Chinese do this right under his nose?
China gets a lot of information, just by being clever in looking for what’s available publicly.
It’s ok. I’m sure they “de-friended” the Chinese as soon as they found out.
Comrad, we make contact with American, code name Bambi. She have contact with code name Bombshell.
If your dogs got into some gook that you kept around, would that make you a doggookkeeper? /offsubject
“Its ok. Im sure they de-friended the Chinese as soon as they found out.”
LOL! Best answer!
I agree. He should be relieved of his duties.
this is who?
Well... it ain’t clear what went on. For a while Stavridis (sp?) was on Facebook and announced some things, but then it seems he left Facebook and Chinese spies resurrected that or a similar account. Although he ought to have suspected something (surely his colleagues would have begun to talk in person about Facebooking him, whereupon he would have gone “HUH??”), it’s his “friends” that had the loose lips that threatened to sink ships.
Why the hell are these so called higher ups so stupid???? Since when do you friend someone and then share sensitive information with them???? Lord Almighty we are going to be overrun and these dolts won’t even know it happened til the hackers change their Facebook status.
“It would not have mattered if that was really him; US defense secrets are not appropriate matter for FACEBOOK!!!”
You’re right; the people involved should be prosecuted as though they were civilians sharing the same intel the same way.
Got that right. They act like a bunch of 14 year girls....giggle giggle i know something you don’t know....the sissification of our military