Hundreds of ex-spies, and some current spooks, are posting
about their work on social networking sites, it has been
A Fairfax Media survey uncovered more than 200 Australian
intelligence officers who had disclosed their classified
employment on sites including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Many disclosed only the fact they had worked for agencies
like the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation or
Defence Signals Directorate, but others wrote about specific
postings here and abroad, languages spoken, information
systems used and liaison with allied agencies.
Fairfax quoted security experts who described the information
as "a gift for foreign espionage, especially through social
Information technology professionals were the most likely to
disclose their involvement in classified intelligence work,