WASHINGTON - The United States military through the U . S . Central Command (CENTCOM ) to spy on users of social networking activities with using a false identity . Yes , CENTCOM had hired Ntrepid service , a software firm from California, to create 500 fake online identity . The contract is worth USD 2 , 76 million was mentioned, Ntrepid must provide false identities with " includes background, history, supporting details , and the existence of a consistent cyber technically , culturally , and geographically . " Fake profiles will be handled through a terminal operator and able to communicate through standard electronic communication methods. Meanwhile , his workstation will run a VPN with an IP address that is always changing. " This technology supports the activities of secret blogging on foreign sites for CENTCOM could anticipate the extremists and the propaganda of the enemy outside the continental U . S . , " said spokesman Bill CENTCOM Commander told the Guardian , Friday (18 / 3 / 2011 ) . Still, he insists , this operation will not run against U . S . citizens , because the action was illegal .