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Connect with care

Like me, you probably get regular connection requests on LinkedIn that don't look right: the employment history and the educational experience don't fit together, the photo looks too much like it was cut and pasted from an online magazine article, the language in the profile is stilted and generic ... well, just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you!

Industrial espionage has moved online, and we all need to be on our guard. That headhunter or conference organiser or research analyst may be genuine, but they may be the agent of a foreign government seeking to compromise you. 

In a campaign being launched this week, UK security agencies will warn 450,000 civil servants and partners in industry and academia that Britain’s adversaries are creating fake online accounts to ensnare people who are privy to classified information. Posing as recruiters, foreign spies lure their targets to meetings in person where they may be subjected to bribery or blackmail in order to obtain intelligence.

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digital, social media, cybersecurity

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