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Taliban pretend to be attractive women on Facebook to spy on soldiers and gather crucial information

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By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:15:01 EST, 9  September 2012| UPDATED:15:44 EST, 9 September 2012

The Taliban are posing as pretty girls on  Facebook in an attempt to befriend soldiers online and gather crucial  information, a report has warned.

Australian and coalition troops are being  given pre-deployment warnings that they are being targeted by Taliban insurgents  who are pretending to be ‘attractive women’ online, reported  Australia’s Daily  Telegraph.

The report, which was released by the  Australian government, also warned that geo-tagging – where websites secretly  log the location of where a post is made or a photo is uploaded – poses a  particular threat.

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Fighting via Facebook: The Taliban are posing as pretty  girls on Facebook in an attempt to befriend soldiers online and gather crucial  information, a report has warned

The Review of Social Media and Defence found  that personnel had  a false sense of security where they excessively relied on privacy settings to  protect confidential information.

According to the paper, soldiers’ families  and friends are also unwittingly putting personnel at risk and compromising  missions by sharing information online.

‘Media personnel and enemies create fake  profiles to gather information. For example, the Taliban have used pictures of  attractive women as the front of their Facebook profiles and have befriended  soldiers,’ warns the report.

Many of the 1577 Defence members, who were  surveyed for the report, had no idea that enemies may pose as school friends or  attractive women, reported the Telegraph.

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Risky: Soldiers¿ families and friends are also  unwittingly putting personnel at risk and compromising missions by sharing  information online, a review by the Australian government has found

The review recommends education for family  and friends on the dangers of sharing details like names, ranks and  locations.

Three Australian soldiers were allegedly  killed by an Afghan Army trainee earlier this month.

Developing infrastructure in Afghanistan,  including WiFi, has created a new platform for the Taliban to fight from,  reported Business Insider.

Social media has become accepted as new  concern for the military and is now included in safety briefs; some troops  advocate a total ban on social networking

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200718/Taliban-pretend-hot-women-Facebook-spy-soldiers-gather-crucial-information.html#ixzz2628N2cyU

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