According to the intelligence community in Israel, Hizbullah terrorists are becoming increasingly computer savvy, using Facebook to learn more about IDF soldiers, potential targets for kidnappings.
IDF intelligence officials fear that soldiers may unwittingly arrange to meet an internet companion, but in essence, may be rendezvousing with a terrorist. The IDF has undertaken an aggressive awareness campaign for soldiers, instructing them to be careful regarding what information they may reveal, cautioning and instructing them not to reveal the name of the branch of the service in which they serve, unit details and so-forth, especially the more classified units, the air force, intelligence, and elite combat units.
One military intelligence official explained that Facebook has become a major resource for terrorists, seeking to gather information on soldiers and IDF units.
Other fears including meetings arranged via Facebook in which soldiers remain unaware of the true identity of terrorists, becoming friends and then slowly revealing classified information that will be used to harm soldiers in the future.
One soldier, who serves in an intelligence unit, was sentenced to 19 days in a military jail for posting a photo of his base on Facebook.
Military officials realize the battle is an up-hill one since the new cellular telephone technology places a digital camera at every soldier’s disposal.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)