FBI and NCSC produced a film about threats of foreign intelligence in social networks.

By | October 1, 2020
FBI and NCSC produced a film about threats of foreign intelligence in social networks.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. National Center for Counterintelligence and Security (NCSC) have produced a film to raise awareness of foreign intelligence threats on professional and other social networks, and NCSC press release said.
“The FBI and the National Center for Counterintelligence and Security (NCSC) today released a new film to raise awareness of how foreign intelligence agencies use fake accounts and other forms of social media deception to target individuals from government, business and academia for (their) recruitment and information gathering,” the press release said.

Inspired by real events, a 30-minute film called The Nevernight Connection is available on the FBI website. The film tells a fictional story of a former U.S. intelligence officer who was targeted by a foreign intelligence agency through a fake account on a professional social network and was recruited to transmit sensitive information.
According to the report, last month the NCSC distributed this film, as well as other resources, to U.S. intelligence officials to help them “recognize fake online accounts, understand the threat they pose, report these suspicious attempts to contact the appropriate authorities, and take steps not to be targeted in the first place.
The press release specifies that using professional and other social networks, foreign intelligence agencies, and other hostile individuals often pretend to be online recruiting experts, interested employers, people with a common interest in trying to connect and connect with people who have access to valuable information.

It is alleged that over time these subjects often try to obtain information about their “targets”, their work, and contacts. In some cases, they offer fully paid trips abroad for meetings or presentations where they are under pressure to obtain additional information.
“Some foreign intelligence agencies, including from China, are doing this on a massive scale, aiming thousands of people around the world through social networks to get the information they want,” the message adds.