Swipe left: Snoops use dating apps to hook sources, says Australian Five Eyes boss

Nations running online foreign influence campaigns have turned to dating apps to recruit people privy to sensitive information, according to the director general of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the nation’s security agency directed against external threats and a key partner in the Five Eyes security alliance.

“In the last two years, thousands of Australians with access to sensitive information have been targeted by foreign spies using social media profiles,” revealed ASIO supremo Mike Burgess during his third annual threat assessment address on Wednesday.

Two years ago, such approaches were most often observed on professional social networking platforms. Burgess said ASIO now needs to track the dating apps Tinder, Bumble and Hinge, because foreign spies have started to use them, too. WhatsApp has also been targeted.

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Source: The Register