A spy posed as the woman to sweet talk an RAF servicemen into revealing highly sensitive details about the F-35 Lightning II fighters. The UK Ministry of Defence confirmed the account had been hacked – but denied any secrets about the jet had been passed to an as-yet unknown third party. The spokesman insisted the member of personnel involved had nothing to do with the F-35 programme.

Daily Star Newspaper

A leaked memo from the air force’s Principal Security Advisor highlighted the incident claiming “Within the last week a serving member of the RAF had their online dating profile hacked. It subsequently transpired that the perpetrator then attempted to befriend another serving member of the RAF to apparently elicit comment and detail on F-35.” 

“Little information was disclosed”, adding in the memo: “The individual whose account had been hacked reported this matter expediently enabling prompt follow-up action and investigation. Nevertheless, this incident serves to highlight the risk of social engineering and online reconnaissance against social media profiles that disclose links to HM Forces.”

RAF Spokesperson

You might not think you have anything special or valuable – but hackers will use you to get to your family members or people you know. Friend requests on Facebook or LinkedIn might not always be as coincidental or as innocent as the seem.