If your aunt or nephew can't figure out how to post a picture on their wall, what confidence do you have that they have correctly configured their sharing and privacy preferences for optimal protection?
More to the point, how likely are they to click on a bit.ly link provided by a "friend" that purports to be an official update or better yet, tips or tricks, or the latest information on how to score unlimited "farm coins"?
"Facebook has 350 million users with 12 million logging in daily. Twitter is getting 6.2 million new users a month. The target base keeps growing," said Eston, a penetration tester for a Fortune 500 financial services organization.
In one of their more colorful examples, the trio explained how actress Jessica Biel is the most dangerous woman on the Internet because of all the fake profiles of her scattered throughout the social networking landscape.
People on Twitter are easily duped into thinking Biel is following them in Twitter. The Facebook folks proudly count her among their friends, not realizing the page is really under the control of a malicious operator who wants you to click on malicious links on the page.
We would all like to think that Jessica Biel is following us, rather than the other way around (stupid restraining order!). But let's be honest - she's just not that into you. But Russian organized crime members are, and they have all sorts of sites they want you to visit with your unpatched Windows laptop with outdated antivirus software running Internet Explorer 6. Oh yes.
Why do people rob banks? Because that's where the money is.
Why do fraudsters frequent Facebook? Because that's where the low-hanging fruit is.
You've been warned.
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