Embedded with Facebook: DoD Faces Risks from Social Media

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Phillips, Kenneth N.
Pickett, Aaron
Garfinkel, Simson
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2011
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May / June 2011
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U.S. service members are increasingly jeopardized by information posted on social network websites. While some of the most damaging information comes from spouses and other non-official sources, other information comes from the use of social media by the DoD because nonpublic, secure channels for questions and feedback do not exist. Other problems arise from the conflict between the DoDâ s desire to promote its mission by distributing information to a world-wide audience and the ability of adversaries to misuse that information. We have conducted a study of information posted on Facebook and other social media websites and have determined that it is relatively easy to correlate the DoD official records with online profiles, allowing the targeting of specific warfighters. We summarize several cases in which the public disclosure of information led to mission compromise and suggest ways for improving current policy and practice.
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CrossTalk, People Solutions to Software Problems - May / June 2011
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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