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Seven Deadliest Social Network Attacks

Seven Deadliest Social Network Attacks provides a comprehensive view into how social networking attacks have impacted the livelihood and lives of adults and children. The book is separated into seven chapters, with each focusing on a specific type of attack that has been furthered through the use of social networking tools and devices. These are: (i) social networking infrastructure attacks; (ii) malware attacks; (iii) phishing attacks; (iv) Evil Twin Attacks; (v) identity theft; (vi) cyberbullying; and (vii) physical threat. Each chapter takes readers through a comprehensive overview of a particular attack to demonstrate how it was used, what was accomplished as a result, and the ensuing consequences. Alongside examining the anatomy of the attacks, insight will be gained into how to develop mitigation strategies, including forecasts of where these types of attacks are heading. This book can serve as a reference guide to anyone who is or will be involved in oversight roles within the information security field. It will also benefit those involved or interested in providing defense mechanisms surrounding social media as well as information security professionals, those in the teaching profession, and all levels of professional management.


Information security professionals of all levels; recreational hackers

Paperback, 192 Pages

Published: April 2010

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-59749-545-5


  • About the Authors



    Chapter 1 Social Networking Infrastructure Attacks

        Bringing the Social Networks to Their Knees

             What Happened to the Social Networks?

             Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks

             Owning the Social Network

             How Could This Happen?

        Saving the Social Networks and Ourselves

             The Floodgates Have Opened, What Do I Do?

             Beating the Bot

             Cutting the Strings


    Chapter 2 Malware Attacks

        Malware Defined

             Understanding the Types of Malware

        Cross-Site Scripting Explored

             Dissecting Cross-Site Scripting

        Introducing Cross-Site Request Forgery

             Cross-Site Request Forgery Explored

        Protecting Yourself

             Mitigating Malware

             Mitigating Cross-Site Scripting Attacks

             Mitigating Cross-Site Request Forgery Attacks



    Chapter 3 Phishing Attacks

        Phishing Attack Scenarios against Social Networks

             What Happened?

             How Did It Occur?

             What Were the Repercussions?

             Phishing Attack against MySpace

             Phishing Attack against Twitter

        How to Mitigate a Phishing Attack

             Take No Immediate Action

             Examine the Message

             Validate the Source

             Take the Offensive

             Safeguard Your Computers

             Ask for Help

        Future Outlook of Phishing Attacks



    Chapter 4 Evil Twin Attacks

        Evil Twin Attacks Defined

             Creating the Evil Twin

        Protecting Ourselves and the Ones We Love

             Don’t Befriend the Evil Twin

             Don’t Become an Evil Twin



    Chapter 5 Identity Theft

        The Art of Dumpster Diving

             Profile of an Identity Thief

             How Did Nelson Do It?

             Consequences of Stealing Identities

        Identity Theft via Facebook

             Identity Theft through Social Networking

             Clues to How Bryan’s Facebook Account Was Hijacked

             Repercussions of Having Your Facebook ID Stolen from You

        Methods to Prevent Identity Theft

             Avoid Password Reusage

             Have Secondary E-Mail Address Handy

             Shred Your Documents

             Limit Your Liability

        What to Do if Your Identity Is Compromised

             Freeze All of Your Assets

             Initiate a Fraud Alert on Your Credit Reports

             Notify the Local Police

             Notify the Federal Trade Commission

             Document and Retain Records!

             Continuously Monitor Your Credit Report

        The Future of Identity Theft



    Chapter 6 Cyberbullying

        Cyberbullying Tragedy of Megan Meier via MySpace

             Why Was Megan the Target of Cyberbullying?

             What Was the Outcome of This Tragic Event?

        How to Deal with Cyberbullying

             Steps toward Fighting Cyberbullying

             Cyberbully Tools of the Trade

        How to Deal with Cyberbullying in the Gaming and Virtual Worlds

             What to Do about Griefers

        Workplace Bullying

             What Can Be Done about Workplace Bullying?

        What Is the Future of Cyberbullying?



    Chapter 7 Physical Threats

        Physical Threats against Your Company

             Bypassing Physical Security Controls

        Protecting Your Company

        Physical Threats against Your Person

             Jasper Howard: Murder and Online Threats

        Protecting Yourself

             Take Action

             Notify the Attacker

             Notify the Appropriate Authorities

             Be Open to Suggestions

        Preventative Measures to Physical Threats

             Background Checks

        Future Outlook to Physical Threats on Social Networks





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