Did you know hackers have their own forums, chat rooms, and websites? And that they talk about targets they’re interested in attacking and how they’ll accomplish the crime? They’re talking about social network attacks, particularly Facebook and Twitter. You may wonder why the criminal interest in these two social networking mainstays.
Two reasons come to mind:
1. The huge number of accounts on these behemoths: Facebook having more than 1 billion users; Twitter, 140 million.
2. The vulnerability of typical social networking users who believe in sharing personal aspects of their lives, are therefore not fond of protecting personal information, and who are usually not very adept at computer and Internet security.
In other words, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and other social networking sites are considered easy targets…very easy targets. I’ve said before that cyber criminals, like terrestrial criminals, will attack the easiest target available, taking the path of least resistance. Be careful what personally identifiable information you place on these sites, do not click on links without thinking long and hard about whether they might be links to malicious websites. Think before you click.
Reference: Bloomberg.com article
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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