The Few, The Proud, The Social Media-less

Apparently the Marines can protect our country, but when it comes to social media they are defenseless, as they banned use of social media - Twitter, Facebook and MySpace have been banned - effective immediately.

Thanks to Cheryl Phillips for bringing this to my attention - through Twitter.

As Phillips reported the Marine order stated:

"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 very nature of SNS [social network 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], [and] personnel...at an elevated risk of compromise."

I thought the Marines would have a cyber squad protecting against such activity. Guess they are just trying to stop Matthew Broderick's children from trying a modern day "War Games".