Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) The U.S. has reportedly renewed a ban on social media due to cybersecurity issues.
The United States Marine Corps has renewed a ban on the use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. As reported by AFP, an order has been posted on the Marine Corps website stating of the sites listed in the ban, “These Internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries.”
The memo is further quoted as stating, “The very nature of SNS (social networking sites) creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage that puts opsec (operational security), comsec (communications security)… at an elevated risk of compromise.”
As noted by AFP, social networking sites are deemed valuable for recruitment and other purposes, but security concerns have proven to be a significant issue with allowing their use.