A Royal Navy sailor put his ship at risk – by posting its secret movements on Facebook.
The online blunder was one of a record number of military security breaches last year.
Leaks logged by the Ministry of Defence have quadrupled in the last four years and are now running at more than 10 a day.
And the biggest culprits are their own employees mindlessly posting secret plans and locations and details of MoD sites on social media.
Up there with the ship incident is video footage of a classified MoD site on YouTube and MoD employees mentioning military orders and kit lists online.
In one fiasco sensitive documents were lost by the military only for images of them to end up on Facebook. Figures obtained from the MoD reveal there were 1,985 security breaches in the first six months of 2017. In 2016, which then held the record for official leaks, there were 3,897. In 2012 the figure stood at 920.
Previous howlers on social media have included an MoD staffer who posted footage of operations in Afghanistan on YouTube. And the MoD even posted details of the RAF’s main base on the Falklands on its own website, giving away the thickness of the concrete runways as well as their GPS co-ordinates.
Another case saw secret passcodes to MoD cabinets posted on Facebook. All the incidents ended up being reported to the MoD’s Joint Security Co-ordination Centre.
There are no rules banning MoD staff from social networks.
But an internet security expert said: “It is amazing how many people drop their guard on Facebook and Twitter. They might think they are confiding in friends or family, but potentially their information could be viewed by anybody.”
An MoD spokesperson said: “All security incidents are recorded, however small, but the vast majority of these do not have significant security ramifications.”
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