FBI warning: Foreign spies using social media to target government contractors


The US Federal Bureau of Investigations has sent a warning to private sector partners about foreign intelligence services using social media accounts to target and recruit employees with US government clearance.

“FIS [foreign intelligence services] officers will use popular US-based platforms and their respective countries’ social media platforms for personal and intelligence gathering/operations purposes,” the FBI said in a security alert the agency sent out in April.

The warning, authored by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, in coordination with the FBI’s Office of Private Sector (OPS), was sent to government contractors whose employees hold various levels of security clearances.

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Source: ZDNet