Seven Deadliest Social Network Attacks

1st Edition

Authors: Carl Timm Richard Perez
Paperback ISBN: 9781597495455
eBook ISBN: 9781597495462
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 22nd April 2010
Page Count: 192
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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.

Key Features

  • Knowledge is power, find out about the most dominant attacks currently waging war on computers and networks globally
  • Discover the best ways to defend against these vicious attacks; step-by-step instruction shows you how
  • Institute countermeasures, don’t be caught defenseless again, and learn techniques to make your computer and network impenetrable


Information security professionals of all levels; recreational hackers

Table of Contents

About the Authors Acknowledgments Introduction 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 Summary 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 Summary Endnotes 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 Summary Endnotes 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 Summary Endnotes 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


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About the Author

Carl Timm

Carl Timm is the Regional Director of Security for Savvis, Inc. As Regional Director of Security, Mr. Timm is responsible for keeping up-to-date on security threats businesses experience and finding solutions that mitigate the threats. Mr. Timm has worked in the Information Security area for over 16 years providing security and IT governance consulting services for fortune 500 companies. Mr. Timm is also an industry recognized author, having authored multiple books on the topics of security and networking. Mr. Timm holds multiple industry certifications including the CCIE and PMP.

Affiliations and Expertise

CCIE, PMP; Regional Director of Security, Savvis, Inc.

Richard Perez