A Facebook Cautionary Tale

Hot on the heels of all my bellyaching about social networking, I found this gem over at Meg Gardiner’s blog, lying for a living. Frankly, it staggers the imagination.

MI6 chief blows his cover as wife’s Facebook account reveals family holidays, showbiz friends and links to David Irving

The new head of MI6 has been left exposed by a major personal security breach after his wife published intimate photographs and family details on the Facebook website.
Sir John Sawers is due to take over as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in November, putting him in charge of all Britain’s spying operations abroad.
But his wife’s entries on the social networking site have exposed potentially compromising details about where they live and work, who their friends are and where they spend their holidays.
Amazingly, she had put virtually no privacy protection on her account, making it visible to any of the site’s 200million users who chose to be in the open-access ‘London’ network – regardless of where in the world they actually were.

I’m speechless. Well, almost. You would think the wife of the man set to head up Britain’s equivalent of the CIA would have some notion of security. And you could be forgiven for thinking that. Why was this woman even allowed to get near a computer?

My guess is Sir John’s going to be looking for another job, ’cause…yeah.

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