Posted on Aug 17, 2015
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There have been numerous reports of military and/or govt workers solicited on social media sites. What are your thoughts?

We've all had OPSEC beaten into our brains... are we vunerable?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3191733/Foreign-spies-LinkedIn-trying-recruit-civil-servants-befriending-stealing-British-secrets.html
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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Yes we can be. Interesting story.

A few months ago, there was a discussion on here about Bowe Bergdahl. I noticed there was this person posing as an Army SPC running around and down voting everybody in sight and then leaving suspicious comments that were kind of supporting to the Islamic Jihad cause. Well I immediately intervened. He has a rather weird name and he had no picture and an unverified account. So I tagged him and asked him a series of questions which I didn't get an answer to:

1. Why are you so supportive of Bowe Bergdahl?
2. Why all the reckless downvotes to everybody on the thread?
3. Why do you have two accounts with the same name in our system?
4. When did you serve?
5. MOS?
6. Unit History?

Yeah. I got no response and heard nothing from him since.

I am very passionate about RP and our members and when I see a strange intruder, I can’t help but go into investigative mode. We still have to be mindful of what we say on here in lieu of the recent report that the FBI put out about ISIS on social media. But I won't live my life in fear. Sorry. I am a fighting champion and I refuse to be a punk living in fear.

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Our vulnerability goes far past what your privacy settings on Facebook and other sites are. I guarantee you that anything put on any sort of Internet website can be immediately compromised. Any messages you send through FB Messenger or any other private internet based chat service can be read by getting through the simple security measures these companies put up. Further, one of the basic functions of an enemy electronic intelligence analyst is to chart connection paths. Facebook is your worse enemy here. In an effort to spare you from making a bunch of usernames and passwords, most apps and games have the option to link to a social media site and use that login to get into the game. That means they don't have to hack into Facebook. They can just get in through the peripheral login. If your phone is linked to Facebook, everything on your phone can be compromised. It's nothing to install a key-stroke recording program on the phone and hide the memory it's taking up as something that is a part of the normal processing programs that helps a smartphone run. If ypu have a banking app on that smart phone, things get easier for targeted because most people don't take out their checks all in cash when they get paid. This leaves a pattern of life study that can be built from your card swipes. If you have a joint account, this can also hint at your business partners' and loved ones' patterns of life also. On all social media sites, it is mandatory to have an email address on file. Sometimes you can hide it from public view, but not hackers. They can map to your electronic devices through email login geotags also. It makes no difference if it's a wifi connection or hardwire.
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SGT Robert Pennington
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I've thought a lot about this in terms of even Rally Point.
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PV2 Robert Pennington, I agree with you, RP does seem to ask for a lot of personal information. Makes one wonder.
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