Government documents recently released under the Freedom of Information act has revealed that the US federal agents befriended social networking platform users to uncover frauds.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, key US government agencies are exploiting social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to spy on citizens and coax personal information from them that might aid them to uncover fraud.
The EFF cited a memo from the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), which detailed how federal agents can befriend people suspected of fraud to uncover their true intentions.
Some of the websites which the government uses to spy on its citizens include Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Digg, Craiglist and Wikipedia.
One of the FDNS documents procured by the EFF said: “Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuel a need to have a large group of 'friends' link to their pages, and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don't even know.”
This particular human trait is used by the FDNS to spy on the "the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners" who are suspected of fraud.