August 5, 2009

U.S. Marines: No More Tweets

Yesterday, Wired ran a story entitled “Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook”.

The article outlines the reasons why the U.S. Marine Corps has blocked all access to any social networking website effective immediately.

International Incident?


Could this mean government agencies all over world could decifer that banning social media will close any possible electronic threats?

This is from the Marine Corps order “These Internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries.”

It sounds ominous and scary. This U.S. military agency must protect itself from infiltrators – most importantly from the enemy.

This Could Be Just The Beginning

The ban will last for 12 months and stems from a warning by the U.S. Strategic Command which is considering the same interdict for the entire American military. There are scams, viruses and even more sinister stuff that could attack their firewall and get at their secrets.

Another quote from the story; “[Social media sites] make it way too easy for people with bad intentions to push malicious code to unsuspecting users.”

How does that affect us?

• We could delete our profiles.

• We could hope that our information isn't stolen.

• We could assume governments are the sole targets.

What are your thoughts?

@knealemann
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image credit: iwar.org.uk

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