The Russian woman sent to seduce a aggressive official/infiltrate Western association is not absolutely a new trope. James Bond circuitous with at least three such characters that I can remember. But now they’ve allegedly moved from bars confined vodka martinis to Facebook.

According to a report by , Russian spies advise soldiers on social media, posing as admirable women. They can then either get in touch with the soldiers directly, or ‘seduce’ them with propaganda, in series of phishing attacks advised to either gain advice or sew sympathy.

Social media in accepted is accession botheration the intelligence association tackles. Discretion is key, as even banal updates from agents or soldiers to accompany can tell the other side about their movements.

This is to say annihilation of advertising administration on social media. A story from former aggressive contractor, Serena Moring, sounds abnormally air-conditioned in the age of fake news. She describes seeing the responses on Facebook to an counterfeit story about a Russian soldier who died angry IS in Syria:

All of the acknowledgment from the aggressive guys was like, ‘That is awesome. That’s an epic way to die.’ It was a very soldier-to-soldier bond that was created through social media.

The Department of Defense wouldn’t animadversion specifically, but a agent did say they are alive to brainwash cadre adjoin online tools which have “elevated the abeyant for abominable use.” In accession to cadre themselves, the report also notes that aggressive spouses have been targeted by the same phishing.