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Honey-trap: Hacker attempted to steal RAF F-35 stealth jets secrets using Tinder

Honey-trap: Hacker attempted to steal RAF F-35 stealth jets secrets using Tinder

According to “THE TELEGRAPH” Article published on 6/8/2018 Honey-trap: Hacker attempted to steal RAF F-35 stealth jets secrets using Tinder

An RAF airwoman’s dating profile was hijacked by a suspected spy who then got in touch with another RAF serviceman to try and sweet talk details of the F-35 stealth fighter out of him.

Though the source of the hack is unknown, the news comes amid concern about countries such as China and Russia using cyber attacks in a new era of warfare.

Both countries are said to be desperate to acquire the secrets of the F-35 Lightning II fighter. The first planes from the £9bn project arrived in Britain two months ago.

However, the RAF has confirmed that no secrets were released and the man who was targeted is not even connected to the F35 programme.

The woman noticed that her account had been hacked and informed bosses almost immediately.

The news prompted a warning from the RAF’s head of security on July 9, with an internal memo seen by The Mail on Sunday stating: “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.

“Fortunately, little information was disclosed and 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 (SE) and online reconnaissance against social media profiles that disclose links to HM Forces.”

It describes social engineering as the “psychological manipulation to elicit confidential or sensitive information” which is says could take place over the phone, in a bar, or over the internet.

Picture Credits: MOD

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