Robin Sage

Robin Sage is not a real person.

Fictitious femme fatale fooled cybersecurity – []

Call her the Mata Hari of cyberspace.

Robin Sage, according to her profiles on Facebook and other social-networking websites, was an attractive, flirtatious 25-year-old woman working as a “cyber threat analyst” at the U.S. Navy’s Network Warfare Command. Within less than a month, she amassed nearly 300 social-network connections among security specialists, military personnel and staff at intelligence agencies and defense contractors.

A handful of pictures on her Facebook page included one of her at a party posing in thigh-high knee socks and a skull-and-crossbones bikini captioned, “doing what I do best.”

“Sorry to say, I’m not a Green Beret! Just a cute girl stopping by to say hey!” she rhymingly proclaimed on her Twitter page, concluding, “My life is about info sec [information security] all the way!”

‘Robin Sage’ Profile Duped Military Intelligence, IT Security Pros – []

Seasoned red team hacker Chris Nickerson initially accepted Robin Sage’s LinkedIn invitation because several of his colleagues had, but after making a few inquiries he confirmed his initial suspicion that something indeed was fishy about “Robin,” a twenty-something woman who purportedly worked for the Naval Network Warfare Command. “Within an hour, I started asking around, ‘Hey did you get a friend request from Robin Sage?’ … and [friends] were saying, ‘I thought you knew her.’ I knew something weird was going on,” Nickerson says.

So Nickerson started hammering away at Robin on Twitter, and quickly figured out it was a fellow red team hacker behind the phony persona. But not everyone caught on as quickly to the phony profile as Nickerson: Robin actually duped an Army Ranger into friending her. The Ranger then inadvertently exposed information about his coordinates in Afghanistan to Robin with his uploaded photos from the field that contained GeoIP data from the camera.

Robin Sage – []

Robin Sage, a 19-day exercise, is conducted four times a year. The training occurs on both public and private land, encompassing 10 counties and nearly 4,500 square miles.

At the heart of special forces training is the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, which conducts the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, Special Forces Qualification Course and all advanced special forces skills training such as language training and regional studies. Aspiring special forces soldiers who make it through Special Forces Assessment and Selection next attend the Special Forces Qualification Course, or “Q” Course, which is divided into three phases. Depending on their specialties, soldiers will spend from 18 months to two years in training. Of the more than 2,000 candidates starting the assessment course annually, only about 850 are selected to attend the qualification course, and only some 600 will graduate the “Q” Course.

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