Most of us have been there, once or thrice. Your crazy ex has gone postal on your social media accounts. Most of the time you can jam out to “It wasn’t me,” louder than they can post, “What is love? Baby don’t hurt, don’t hurt me – no more.” Albeit, crazy has no caliber and the next thing you know, they’ve hacked your accounts and are telling your friends, in your name, that you’re engaged. There is only one option at that point – nuke’em all.

The fad of screwing with your ex online may have affected the command staff of U.S. Army Europe, and this is where it is good to be the general. After all, who else can suit up, order an official video production that they do not nor ever have had a social media account? Sorry baby, our relationship has been disavowed.

Ok, maybe there wasn’t an ex, and the general was actually the legitimate target of one of the many other digital scourges of the internet. Thanks in part to a completely gullible public and global audience of internet users who refuse to read beyond the header or the title of anything online – “I read it on the internet, it must be true!”

The worst part about this situation is that the general had to release an announcement via social media. – to tell people that he is not on social media. The video statement ended in contradiction or some 25th-tier guerrilla marketing campaign, as the video message fades out; a message encourages you to follow, U.S. Army Europe on – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Wait, what?

Here is the official release,

CID Link –

Digital Honeypots,

The need to hire pretty girls to sit around bars and play pawns in the great game is not always as effective as Ivan at his keyboard in Siberia; with 50 fake accounts from dignitaries, military officials, and sexy dames who are writing what you want to read. Ivan isn’t a door-kicker either, but his work often results in mission-critical dangers from door-kicker to diplomat.

Granted that digital threats are typically not SOFREP sexy – which is weird, as digital is the largest global security threat and the site is accessed online . . . But, yeah, I get it – people like to reference the physical action. Even so, everyone should be checking their digital six. I often check mine, for instance, the system that I’m this article on is running so much misdirection and paranoia software that my computer is registering as Porn Hub on the Mars Rover with constant complex character password updates – sorry about the lag, NASA.

That’s cool right, I’m safe. No, not really. Someone can always bypass your security, but that is not even the real danger. The threats reside in operator error; be it clickbait, believing someone is who they claim to be simply because their profile or email name says that is who they are, or by downloading adware and/or malware. Avoiding these traps, honestly takes seconds; just ask yourself, is the source legit? Then proceed with caution.