Thursday, March 4, 2010

After Facebook leak Israeli Soldier gets unfriended

An Israeli soldier revealed the time and place of an attack his battalion was bout to carry out on Facebook, delaying the entire operation by several days. Friends and fellow soldiers reported him to the authorities who took immediate action. Fearing for the safety of their soldiers the entire operation had to be delayed by several days. 

Revealing secret and sensitive information on Social Networking sites is Hazardous especially to Soldiers

"On Wednesday we clean up Qatanah, and on Thursday, God willing, we come home," the soldier wrote on his Facebook page. The village mentioned in the post resides on the West Bank near Ramallah.

The unnamed soldier was court-martialed and forced to serve ten days in prison. He was also relieved of combat duties and kicked out of his battalion.

A statement from the military released after the leak said, "Uploading classified information to social networks or any website exposes the information to anyone who wishes to view it, including foreign and hostile intelligence services."

"Hostile intelligence agents scan the internet with an eye toward collecting information on the IDF (Israel Defence Forces), which may undermine operational success and imperil IDF forces," it added.

Source [ BBC News ]

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