A-Space a new social network for James Bond and Jason Bourne

I have just read an interesting article on A-Space which is another new social networking site, which all sounds pretty normal. However, this social networking phenomenon has been created specifically for US secret agents.

The site was launched in December by the US assistant deputy director of national intelligence Mike Wertheimer.

“It has the capacity to allow 10,000 American spies to exchange tips, recommend useful reading material, plead for help or swap gossip. ‘It’s a way to build the social network for all analysts,’ said Wertheimer. ‘We put more eyes on more problems.’

One reader who didn’t quite agree with Mr Wertheimer’s view commented on InformationWeek’s website, by warning: ‘Unless this is going to run on an isolated network with communication lines completely separated from the internet, it is just a matter of time before the top secret becomes public domain – and our field agents start turning up dead.’

This site clearly isn’t a joke it seems to be deadly serious but for me it raises more questions than answers. OK I acknowledge that a  social network is supposed to be an area where people can share information and tips. However, this has to be a security nightmare for the US.

Hackers everywhere will be rubbing their hands together with glee at the thought of being able to break into the most secret of internet sites and being able to access all this secret information.

However, the biggest question for me is why announce it? What possible purpose can there be for announcing this to the wider public?

I think this idea sounds bonkers on paper and I really can’t believe they have actuallly gone and done it and then even worse let us all know about it. I am all for transparency in social media but this is ridiculous.

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2 comments on “A-Space a new social network for James Bond and Jason Bourne
  1. Interesting post Chris.. although I feel myself wanting to play the devil’s advocate with your comments… just for a change.
    Surely if this social networking site is being talked about so openly it’s one of two things;
    a) a complete load of rubbish, possibly created to flush out lightweight hackers and criminals and add another layer for agents to engage under false persona’s etc..
    or
    b) completely and utterly ironclad, with security levels you and I could never even comprehend. An honest form of communication for the agents out there who have until now perhaps lived very isolated lives….at this stage I’m thinking I’ve watched too many episodes of 24.
    I agree, the whole idea seems a tad weird, but at the end of the day there must be a point otherwise why bother?

  2. Thanks Seb. I think it’s the fact that they have an iron clad defence although having worked with a number of internet security companies before I can tell you that nobody is completely safe even the secret service. Let’s hope this system really is the best of the best.

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