I know that a lot of people like to put countdowns on facebook or other social media pages, saying how excited they are until their Sailor (or Soldier or Marine or Airman) gets to come home, and we are all proud of and love our military members, and we all face many of the same struggles that go with the military lifestyle. And yes, it's our page, and these are our friends and family, and we should be able to say what we want and how we feel, but..... Here's a good article that talks about this sort of thing, and how it IS being (not just "can be") used against our loved ones...
Fake Facebook accounts are being used for more than just inflating likes.
An Australian government review of social media and defense, completed in March, revealed that the Taliban is using fake Facebook profiles to obtain intelligence from unsuspecting military personnel.
According to the report, one strategy employed by the terrorist organization is to pose as “attractive women” and friend deployed soldiers. Once friended, Taliban members can track the whereabouts of those soldiers thanks to Facebook’s geotagging features.
“Most did not recognise that people using fake profiles perhaps masquerading as school friends, could capture information and movements,” the report states. “Few consider the possibilities of data mining and how patterns of behaviour can be identified over time.”
The review also claims that family and friends can put military missions at risk by sharing confidential data via social media.
A high percentage of those surveyed admitted that they weren’t aware of the dangers that come with oversharing via social media. 58% of the 1577 who participated in the review expressed that they were never properly trained to safely use social media.
Australia’s Department of Defense said that its currently working on putting together a social media guide for soldiers heading into combat. However, these new guidelines will not be ready until Christmas 2012. The review recommends that soldiers do not share personal data like name, rank, and location via any social media platform.
The enemy using information obtained from social media is not entirely new. Earlier this year, the U.S. Army acknowledged that a 2007 attack that destroyed 4 U.S. Apache helicopters in Iraq was made possible by location data in photos shared by soldiers.