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Mar. 3 2010 - 11:48 am | 680 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Israeli soldier posts army secrets to Facebook

Israel Defense Forces

Note to Israeli soldiers: Stick to status updates about Hapoel TA and Bamba.

An Israeli soldier was recently put in the stockade… over Facebook. After posting a status update naming the Palestinian village he and his batallion was raiding and giving their estimated arrival time, a bad situation became even worse.

His privacy settings were set to public.

The soldier’s superiors realized that his privacy settings meant the entire internet — including the village — knew about the raid in advance.

Clearly not the brighest soldier in the IDF, unfortunately. The unnamed soldier was put into military prison for an undisclosed amount of time, while the raid was rescheduled to a later date:

An Israel Defense Forces detention operation in the Binyamin region was called off recently, after a soldier updated his friends on the Facebook social network that a force from his battalion was expected to arrive in a Palestinian village.

The decision was made by Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brigadier-General Nitzan Alon, who feared that the leaked information may put the force in danger.

The operation was held several days later and deemed successful, while the soldier was judged and incarcerated.

The affair began when a soldier wrote in his Facebook status that the force was slated to arrive in the village and leave a day later. The Judea and Samaria Division’s information security officer learned about the leak and informed the division’s commander, who decided – in an unusual manner – to cancel the operation so as not to put the force at risk.

Here in the United States, the Pentagon gave troops the all clear to use Twitter and Facebook last week. The United States has a much larger military than Israel’s, and it is inevitable that some of our troops will commit a similar act of foolishness in the future by disclosing their deployment plans via web 2.0. Will a bored tweet from Iraq ever lead to an operation being ambushed? That’s the question, kids.


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