Israeli Firms Turning Social Media Into Spy Tech
Forbidden Stories, a non-profit dedicated to continuing the legacies of slain or threatened journalists, uncovered a firm offering a range of digital surveillance tools.
There is an entire industry dedicated to vacuuming personal information using fake accounts called avatars – unlike those designed to intensify content, these are intended exclusively for collection.
This technology those spy firms use is called OSINT – Open Source Intelligence – a term originated in military intelligence. It marks intelligence collected through data available to everyone, instead of relying on human or technological methods such as wiretapping.
This exposure brings to light the world of social media surveillance and how one errant connection on social platforms can reveal your circle’s confidential data.
Source: Fake Friends: Leak Reveals Israeli Firms Turning Social Media Into Spy Tech – National Security & Cyber – Haaretz.com