U.K. produces YouTube videos on cybersecurity

Warns military to be careful when posting status updates

One of the public service YouTube videos has a “mum” sharing tea and a look through a family photo album with an unlikely visitor dressed in camouflage, a balaclava helmet, and bullets snaking around his neck. Just moments before, she had shared information about her military son’s whereabouts on her Facebook page.

“It may not be just friends and family reading your status updates,” warns large type superimposed on the video.

The video, posted on the Telegraph newspaper website and produced by the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence (MOD), is the latest in a campaign to warn members of the military, MOD civilians and their families about the dangers of sharing information on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

The MOD also cautions on its blog that there are people ranging “from criminals looking for ways to con you or steal your identity, to those who may wish us harm,” who will misuse the information posted.

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