US Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook

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  1. Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook

    The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.

    “These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries,” reads a Marine Corps order, issued Monday. “The very nature of SNS [social network sites] creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage that puts OPSEC [operational security], COMSEC [communications security], [and] personnel… at an elevated risk of compromise.”

    The Marines’ ban will last a year. It was drawn up in response to a late July warning from U.S. Strategic Command, which told the rest of the military it was considering a Defense Department-wide ban on the Web 2.0 sites, due to network security concerns. Scams, worms, and Trojans often spread unchecked throughout social media sites, passed along from one online friend to the next. “The mechanisms for social networking were never designed for security and filtering. They make it way too easy for people with bad intentions to push malicious code to unsuspecting users,” a Stratcom source told Danger Room.

    Yet many within the Pentagon’s highest ranks find value in the Web 2.0 tools. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has 4,000 followers on Twitter. The Department of Defense is getting ready to unveil a new home page, packed with social media tools. The Army recently ordered all U.S. bases to provide access to Facebook. Top generals now blog from the battlefield.

    “OPSEC is paramount. We will have procedures in place to deal with that,” Price Floyd, the Pentagon’s newly-appointed social media czar, told Danger Room. “What we can’t do is let security concerns trump doing business. We have to do business… We need to be everywhere men and women in uniform are and the public is. If that’s MySpace and YouTube, that’s where we need to be, too.”

    The Marines say they will issue waivers to the Web 2.0 blockade, if a “mission critical need” can be proven. And they will continue to allow access to the military’s internal “SNS-like services.” But for most members of the Corps, access to the real, public social networks is now shut off for the next year.
  2. Freedom isn't free, there's a hefty fcuking fee... and if you wont chuck in your buck or five who will?

    No beer, porn and now no social networking sites...

    So when do we invade the evil dictatorship that is the Pentagon?
  3. Well, I know of at least 3 who are ignoring it- one of whom is busy flying a CH-53E somewhere hot and sandy that isn't San Diego.
  4. Heard from a NATO based mate that the new SACEUR insists on using twitter and facebook as impotant means of expressing his views and gaining input.
  5. Right, but we all know that this is part of the new Administration's attempt to make sure the only messages that get out are the ones they want to get out.
  6. LIke Mr Pres's daddy's status at birth....
  7. How many poeple do you know who leak info inadvertantley through email never mind social networking sites'. I'm sure you can think of a few at least. So the next time you whinge about your mates being targeted then think whether it may be a result of info being leaked.

    You have to weigh up the pro's and con's - ban on social networks and a few beers or the safety and welfare of your mates'.

    By the way you sound like one of those fcuking left wing cnuts who criticise the security services rather than the terrorist organisations.
  8. Quite a sensible move. It then allows folk to access these Social Networking Sites on their private PC's in their own time if they are interested. Otherwise you are going to see lots of folk surfing the 'net using the firms Comms in work time when both at home & deployed on Ops.

    If Senior folk want to use Facebook, Bebo, My Space, Twitter etc then let them do a cascade. I would hate to see a PFC in a FOB using Facebook during work time. If folk want to do blogs thats fine but do it from private or shared IT facilities in their own time off duty.
  9. I'm generally of the left-wing persuasion.. but I totally agree with what razorlight just posted, its not ideal, but thats life and its a sensible move in many respects.

    May sound like paranoia in some ways, and everyone appreciates that the military needs to get its message to the public.. just look at how Kosovo changed all that.. but there comes a point where the risks outweigh the benefits, and we're all aware that computers aren't the most secure of devices.. and the USMC aren't very well-known for their intelligence.

    ..and twitter is for the intellectually impaired.
  10. While that may be the perception of us in some circles, as one of those knuckle-dragging Neanderthals, I would take issue with its accuracy. Much of the positive movements in US war-fighting and COIN doctrine, not to mention its execution in ongoing operations is by Marines who have brains as well as brawn when needed.

  11. The eloquence of your reply has gone someway toward restoring my faith in mankind. God bless you sir, there is hope.

    It would be outrageously arrogant of me to deny that you've pretty much proved the view of many of us dead wrong in a few short sentences, and done so without dishing out a verbal kicking. Can't help but respect that.
  12. "...creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage..."

    Oh sir, that is one form of words that is going in my next security survey report.

    Got to hand it to the Yanks, they come up with some cracking phrases.
  13. They are doctrinally waaay ahead of us. You have no idea what you are talking about, so wind it in.

    FORMER_FYRDMAN LE Book Reviewer