Information Leakage Through Online Social Networking: Opening the Doorway for Advanced Persistence Threats

The explosion of Online Social Networking (OSN) in recent years has caused damages to organisations due to leakage of information by their employees. Employees' social networking behaviour, whether accidental or intentional, provides an opportunity for Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) attackers to realise their social engineering techniques and undetectable zero-day exploits. APT attackers use a spear-phishing method that targeted on key employees of victim organisations through social media in order to conduct reconnaissance and theft of confidential proprietary information.

Provided by: University of Melbourne Topic: Security Date Added: Dec 2010 Format: PDF

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