‘Catfishing’ con catches out Nato troops, report reveals

Nato troops have been persuaded to abandon their posts and reveal sensitive details about military manoeuvres in a clandestine social media operation launched by their own side.

More than 150 soldiers were snared in the so-called “catfishing” trap which used Facebook and Instagram to manipulate them.

A secret “‘red team” based at Nato’s Stratcom Centre of Excellence in Latvia targeted the unwitting troops as they took part in a scheduled military exercise “in an Allied country”.