Sunday, March 02, 2008

Tour Photos

Tours and Tourism:
A reminder to soldiers serving and having served in any mission: photographs you have taken when having served overseas are property of your squadron. They do not belong to you unless and until they have been declassified and/or released by your Major.
Showing these pictures publicly, on MySpace, on Facebook, to friends, to families, etc. compromises the security of the misssion and that of soldiers serving and preparing to serve. Their safety is in your hands - in your pictures. Please, I ask of you on behalf of our soldiers - your fellow soldiers -serving and preparing to serve in these dangerous areas, do not share, copy, publish your photos without permission. In the photos, there may be identifiers as to landmarks, vehicles, Afghan soldiers identities, villagers, etc. It is important to maintain and not breach OPSEC - Operational Security.
The Department of Defence has recently stated it's concern about photos and information about events, such as a roadside bomb attack on a Canadian convoy, making its way onto the Net. The reasoning is that computer-savvy insurgents are monitoring such sites for useful information.

The following article was written by Shelly Smith for Homeland Security:
By Shelley Smith
Great Britain’s Security Service MI5 requested its British troops to remove personal details of themselves off popular social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Friends Reunited due to discovering that they were being monitored by Al-Qaeda operatives. In the January, 2008 Free Republic article, ‘Al-Qaeda eyes MySpace Pages’, Gordon Thomas writes about the concern expressed by the MI5 chief Jonathan Evans in a document titled ‘Personal Security’. Evans asks for security service personnel to be aware of the monitoring and gathering of personal details that can be formed into intelligence used to launch terrorist attacks against their colleagues, or family members.Though access to many of these social websites may be for members only, all one needs to register is an e-mail address. Al-Qaeda operatives are using hundreds of false accounts to access personal information. And what are they finding? Thousands of military and security personnel who have posted detailed information about themselves, their careers, personal pictures and family members, date of birth, locations of where they are living, photos of colleagues and weapons.

In the United States Islamic extremists are utilizing technology. Radical Muslims are attempting to bring Islamic religious law into the United States and had murdered a New Jersey man and his family. Others have been victims by operatives systematically tracking individuals through and other websites. An individual who lives overseas had his computer hacked to obtain his photograph, his real name and the city where he lives, while other individuals are having their personal information being exchanged through extremist websites in order to facilitate harm. With this new wave of activities it is important to maintain OPSEC.

The U.S. Department of Energy, Computer Incident Advisory Capability (CIAC), who conducts Cyber Security programs, has posted the latest Vulnerability Bulletins to share with U.S. interagency personnel.

As a mother and upon speaking with other family members, the security of our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, daughters, friends are of utmost importance. Their safety is what we rely on.

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