Security Challenges Today


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  • Who am I and what I am going to talk about
  • Types of twitter spam Personal twitter spam received
  • Facebook growth Facebook user profile (age)
  • Just for fun: male vs. female facebook usage
  • Security Challenges Today

    1. 2. Twitter
    2. 3. Twitter <ul><li>Huge growth in the last years </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 7 mil tweets / hour </li></ul><ul><li>In Sept 2008, Twitter had a growth of 343% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(sept 2007 vs sept 2008. study by nielsen online) </li></ul></ul>In Feb 2009, the growth was of 1382% (feb 2008 – feb 2009, study by nielsen online)
    3. 4. Time on Site
    4. 5. Twitter Spam <ul><li>Following Spam </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet Spam </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Message Spam </li></ul><ul><li>Trending Subject Spam </li></ul><ul><li>Reply/Trackback Spam </li></ul><ul><li>ReTweet Spam </li></ul>
    5. 6. Imagine a malware URL from these guys
    6. 7. Is it hard to send spam on twitter?
    7. 8. Facebook
    8. 9. Facebook <ul><li>Facebook Sept 2007 to Sept 2008 – 116% growth </li></ul><ul><li>Was ranked in the first place as the social network with the most time spent on </li></ul>
    9. 10. Again, facebook
    10. 11. Facebook spam <ul><li>Graffiti Spam (they write spam on my wall) </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone in the audience has a porn star friend? </li></ul><ul><li>Status Spam (personal graffiti) </li></ul><ul><li>Comment Spam </li></ul>
    11. 12. Is it hard to send spam on facebook?
    12. 13. LinkedIn
    13. 14. LinkedIn <ul><li> </li></ul>
    14. 15. LinkedIn Spam <ul><li>Spam Profiles (high google rankings) </li></ul><ul><li>Spam comments in LinkedIn groups </li></ul><ul><li>Spam “friend” invitations </li></ul>
    15. 16. Blogs <ul><li>We all know what blog spam is (is there anyone here who does not have a blog?) </li></ul><ul><li>Is blog spam a real issue? </li></ul><ul><li>Email and blog spam come from the same ips (mostly) </li></ul><ul><li>On my personal blog, spam comments vs legit comments rate per day is: 150 / 0 (division by 0) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spam blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comment spam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trackback spam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weird spam </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Current Menaces <ul><li>Huge amount of (shortened) URLs out there </li></ul><ul><li>Users have no clue of what is behind a shortened URL until they click on it </li></ul><ul><li>Users like tot try new applications </li></ul><ul><li>Users will download new codecs to see recent (pirated) movies </li></ul><ul><li>Users will be scared by a scare-ware and will install a face antivirus </li></ul><ul><li>There’s plenty of stuff to do! </li></ul>
    17. 18. For Home Users <ul><li>Don’t click on all the links you receive </li></ul><ul><li>Disable options like “auto follow back” or “auto add as friend” </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your friends profiles are real </li></ul><ul><li>Install a comprehensive security solution </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t just follow everybody. Not only you will be spammed, but you will also receive too many messages (which you will not probably read) </li></ul>
    18. 19. For SMBs <ul><li>According to PCMag, 54% companies already ban access to social networks for their employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pros: low risk of getting infected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cons: employees might use other methods to go on social networks like proxy sites (not safe!) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have a security solution installed (server side, client side or both) </li></ul><ul><li>Educate your employees of the risks they are exposed to </li></ul>