Oz spies using Internet, social media to advertise their skills

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 07:20 hrs

Hundreds of former and some present Australian spies have posted information about their employment with intelligence agencies on the Internet, which security experts have called 'a gift for foreign espionage'.

A survey conducted by Fairfax Media has found that more than 200 former and present intelligence officers have disclosed their classified employment in profiles on LinkedIn, and other professional networking sites and social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

Many officers have disclosed their employment by agencies, including the top secret Defence Signals Directorate and the Defence Intelligence Organisation, while some have revealed significant details about their work, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

These include employment at specific intelligence facilities, overseas postings and link with allied intelligence agencies, linguistic expertise indicating particular intelligence targets, and involvement with specific issues and information technology systems, the report said.

According to the report, one former Defence Signals Directorate and Defence Intelligence officers have listed postings with counterpart agencies in Canada and New Zealand.

Security experts described the freely available information identifying past and present intelligence officers as 'surprising' and said it provided 'gift for foreign espionage' especially through social engineering, the report added. (ANI)

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