James Stavridis

Facebook recently launched a system to verify accounts of prominent figures, but, for U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis, the feature came months too late. In a plot seemingly straight from a movie, last year, Chinese spies reportedly created a fake account for Stavridis, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and many senior British defense officials accepted friend requests from the account.

The UK Telegraph reported that "state-sponsored individuals in China" created the account, allowing them to gain access to a trove of private information, which included personal e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Stravridis now has a legit account of his own.

 
 
 
 

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