Taliban insurgents are posing as “attractive women” on Facebook to befriend Australian soldiers and gather intelligence about operations. There is a wrestling tie as one of the accounts the militant group created features photos of former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis.
PCWorld.com has posted an article on the matter, which features a screenshot of a phony Facebook profile with an image of Kanellis displayed.
The tech-savvy Taliban are using these fake profiles to befriend Australian soldiers and gather information based on their Facebook updates. The social networking website features a geo-tagging function, which logs the location from which posts are made. If a soldier posts something while they’re in the field, their location is revealed.
Three Australian soldiers were murdered inside their base month, allegedly by an Afghan Army trainee.
Many soldiers did not realize that people using fake profiles can capture information and movements, according to the Australian Government’s review of social media and defense. The review found an “overt reliance” on privacy settings had led to “a false sense of security” among troops.
Australian soldiers are being given pre-deployment briefings on the matter and the Australian Department of Defence is currently working on new social media guidelines.