The FBI has sent a warning to private sector partners about foreign intelligence services using social media accounts to target and recruit employees with US government clearance.
“FIS [foreign intelligence services] officers will use popular US-based platforms and their respective countries’ social media platforms for personal and intelligence gathering/operations purposes,” the FBI said in a security alert the agency sent out in April.
The warning, authored by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, in conjunction with the FBI’s Office of Private Sector (OPS), was sent to government contractors whose employees hold various levels of security clearances.
The United States has seen a rash of former government employees defecting or helping foreign intelligence services over the past few years. These incidents started with the now-infamous Snowden case, to the most recent one, involving a former US Air Force service member who defected to Iran and then helped its newly adopted country hack her former Air Force colleagues.