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Iranian spies allegedly used Facebook to target U.S. intelligence agents

Published by Mashable on Thu, 14 Feb 2019


It was just a simple friend request. However, nothing is ever simple when the U.S. intelligence community is involved.A press release released Wednesday by the Department of Justice details an alleged effort by Iranian government agents to use Facebook to hack members of the American intelligence community. And they had unexpected help. Specifically, a former Department of Defense contractor turned Iranian agent.SEE ALSO: Twitter suspends thousands of accounts for potential ties to 'foreign information operations'The details of this case are pretty wild, and focus on 39-year-old Monica Elfriede Witt. Witt, the press release notes, is both a former Air Force intelligence specialist and a special agent of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. She also worked as a Department of Defense contractor, and was granted a "high-level" security clearance. That was all before 2012, when things allegedly took a turn for the treasonous. Read more...More about Facebook, Iran, Social Media, Tech, and Cybersecurity
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