NATO Officials Fall Victim to Facebook Scam, China Suspected


China is in the cyberspace spotlight again for an alleged plot to gather contact information of U.S. and British military leaders by setting up a fake Facebook page for one of NATO’s top officials, Government Computer News reports.

The Facebook scam involved fooling U.S. and British leaders into accepting a friend request from a fake profile of NATO Senior Commander and U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis.

This is not the first scheme to target Stavridis nor NATO, the report said. 

Several Observer and Telegraph reports suggest Chinese hackers set up the Facebook page to get email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers, and photos of NATO officers and other military heads, GCN reported. 

The fake profile was taken down after Facebook was alerted of the issues.

According to officials, no sensitive military information was compromised, but that doesn’t stop the possibility of another scam happening in the future.

Shawn Henry, the FBI’s executive assistant director in charge of targeting cyber crime, said the attacks came from state-sponsored individuals in China.

The country has been suspected in multiple cyber attacks on corporations, government agencies, RSA Security and against the chemical industry.

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