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Operational Security (OPSEC) in the age of social media
« on: October 09, 2016, 05:28:56 PM »
In the age of posting photos of AFP assets on social media, the following story must remain in the back of our minds

Insurgents Used Cell Phone Geotags to Destroy AH-64s in Iraq
POSTED BY: JOHN REED MARCH 15, 2012

http://www.defensetech.org/2012/03/15/insurgents-used-cell-phone-geotags-to-destroy-ah-64s-in-iraq/

Here’s a battlefield safety issue that some people have been warning about –and others have been ignoring —  for a while now; an enemy using social media and cellphone geotagging to identify the precise location of troops on a battlefield.

When you take a photo with your cellphone, the gps coordinates of the location you took the picture is embedded into the image. When you upload said photo onto the internet for all to see, people can pull the location data from that picture. If you think this is just people being paranoid and that the Taliban would never do this in Afghanistan, think again. Insurgents figured out how to use this to their advantage in Iraq years ago. In 2007, a group of Iraqi insurgents used geotags to destroy several American AH-64 Apache choppers sitting on a flightline in Iraq.

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Re: Operational Security (OPSEC) in the age of social media
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 07:28:02 PM »