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 August 5, 2009  Posted by  Govt, Online

Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are officially off limits for Marines — at least while they’re at work.

Marine administrative message 458/09, issued Monday, calls the social networking sites “a proven haven for malicious actors and content,” and officially prohibits Marines from accessing them from work computers unless a waiver is granted.

“The very nature of [social networking sites] creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage that puts [operational security, communications security], personnel and the [Marine Corps Enterprise Network] at an elevated risk of compromise,” officials said in the MarAdmin.

The ban is in effect through at least the next year, the message states. It does not affect personal accounts accessed from Marines’ home computers.

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