In a bid to prevent the possible cyber attacks by the ISIS terrorist group and other terror outfits, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has strongly urged the officials in uniform to scrub their accounts on social networking forums.
Talking about the seriousness of the issue, former FBI Agent Brad Garrett said, “It’s sort of like be on the lookout for, or change your behavior because we believe it could potentially put you in harm’s way.”
Following the recommendation, the military members are now on scrolling through their posts made in past on their online social media accounts and finding for any sensitive information that might attract the extremists’ attention. They men in uniform are also making further posts with extra caution.
A joint intelligence bulletin was released overnight by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, saying that the ISIS is on a look out for sympathizers in the United States who are “willing and capable of conducting attacks on current and former members of the US military.”
The authorities have strongly asked the members of American military to abandon anything sensitive on their social media accounts that might bring unwanted troubles for the national security by inviting the attention from violent extremists or help them learning the identities of men in uniforms.
The federal bulletin, which was sent to law enforcement agencies, said: “The FBI and DHS recommend that current and former members of the military review their online social media accounts for any information that might serve to attract the attention of ISIL (ISIS) and its supporters. The troops are also routinely exercise operational security in their interactions online.”
Following the directives, some members of the US Special Forces have opted for deactivation of their Facebook and other social media accounts.
Lt. Col. Lyle Shidla, Unit Commander, said, “We can put ourselves in a situation where we are giving the enemy information on where we are, maybe what we are doing.”
The development comes in the light of a recent revelation by an ISIS affiliate in Egypt that it has killed William Henderson, an American oil worker.