MI6 chief’s wife puts security at risk on Facebook

Graham Cluley

According to media reports, the incoming head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (better known as MI6) has had personal information about himself and his family exposed on Facebook, after his wife’s Facebook account was discovered to be potentially wide open for 200 million people to view.

The Mail on Sunday claims that the wife of Sir John Sawers left her privacy settings on the social networking website wide open for anyone in the “London” network to view her updates.

According to the newspaper, this revealed details of Sir John and his family (he has three grown up children), including personal photographs of them partying and on holiday, the location of their flat, and the identities of friends and close associates, to any of the almost four million…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.