The con only cost the group four weeks and $60. In return, they reeled in personal info on 150 soldiers, the exact locations of their battalions, and even detailed troop movements. They also managed to convince/trick/blackmail several targets into ignoring orders and leaving their posts when they wanted it. And it's terrifying to think an army can be left so exposed just because of one incredibly poorly judged dick pic.
But the research group doesn't just put the blame on chatty soldiers, but on social media as well. According to one of the study's authors, social media can be exploited "for the detriment of national security" far too easily. This shines a particularly embarrassing light on Facebook. After the "fake news" uproar of 2016, the site promised to crack down on scammers, but it can apparently still be exploited by people using nothing more than some patience and their weekly Doritos budget.
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