• Be an Online Spy using this New App!

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    The app also includes an inbuilt reverse image search to spot pictures which may be re-used from other sites since this is often a hallmark of fake identities. The user's responses will be analyzed to say whether a profile is high, medium, or low-risk.


    Digital Desk: A new app has been launched by the UK government to prevent people from falling victim to online approaches by foreign spies. 

     

    The spies are seeking to lure people into passing on sensitive information.

     

    The Think Before You Link app will help people spot suspicious approaches. Spies have long approached people with access to sensitive information, but the online world has allowed this to happen on a huge scale and at a distance. There is no longer a need to sidle up to someone at a conference or over a coffee when you can use a fake profile online to lure them into a conversation.

     

    Initially, those approached may be asked for less sensitive information before crossing a line.

     

    The app is primarily aimed at government officials and those in sensitive industries, but everyone will be able to download it for free starting today. Designed with the help of behavioural scientists, the app prompts users with a series of questions to help assess if someone who has approached them might be faking it. This includes being on the lookout for flattery or offers that appear too good to be true.  

     

    According to the app's website, users will even be able to earn "trophies and certificates which can be shared with their security team."

     

    The app also includes an inbuilt reverse image search to spot pictures which may be re-used from other sites since this is often a hallmark of fake identities. The user's responses will be analyzed to say whether a profile is high, medium, or low-risk.

     

    The app is the latest move from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure's (CPNI) Think Before You Link campaign.

     

    Fake profiles are being created on an "industrial scale," according to Steve Barclay, lead Minister for Cyber Security. "It is, therefore, crucial that we do all we can to protect ourselves and our information, ensuring those who we connect with online are who they say they are." This new app will be an important tool in that endeavour".

     

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