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Social media threats
Warning! 
May contain mild peril
• What is social media? 
• Risks associated with social media 
• How the threats work 
• Social media spam 
• Social media...
What is social media?
Social media has arrived 
Social networking sites are now more popular than web-based email
Social media – key features 
• Allows users to become a member of an online community 
• Key features are “Profiles” and “...
Risks associated with social media
Two main types of threat 
Users 
publishing 
information 
Social 
networking 
attacks
Users publishing information 
• Reveal sensitive information 
• Defamation of others/school system 
This can be inadverten...
Hobby/ 
Social networking attacks 
showing off 
Financially-motivated 
organized crime
Social networking attacks 
Social networking accounts 
are valuable to hackers 
They can use them to send spam, 
spread ma...
Data = $$$ 
• Steal your money directly 
• Sell your data 
• Trick your friends and family into 
supplying personal data 
...
How the threats work
How the threats work 
• Spam 
• Phishing 
• Malware
Social networking spam
Social networking spam
Social networking spam
Social networking spam
Social networking spam
Social networking spam
Social networking spam 
57% 
of social networking users 
report being hit by spam 
via the services 
That’s an increase of...
Social networking phishing
Social networking phishing
Social networking phishing
Social networking phishing
Social networking phishing 
30% 
of social networking users 
report phishing attacks 
via the sites 
That’s an increase of...
Social networking malware
Social networking malware
Social networking malware
Social networking malware
Social networking malware
Social networking malware
Using social media safely
Top tips for staying secure 
• KNOW THE RULES - check your organization’s policy on social 
networking 
• USE SECURE PASSW...
Summary 
• Financially-motivated criminals are increasingly using social 
media sites to steal identities, spread malware ...
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Social media-threats

  1. 1. Social media threats
  2. 2. Warning! May contain mild peril
  3. 3. • What is social media? • Risks associated with social media • How the threats work • Social media spam • Social media phishing • Social media malware • Using social media safely Contents
  4. 4. What is social media?
  5. 5. Social media has arrived Social networking sites are now more popular than web-based email
  6. 6. Social media – key features • Allows users to become a member of an online community • Key features are “Profiles” and “Friend lists” • The most commonly used social network is still Facebook • 2009 saw the rapid emergence of Twitter • Also called social networking
  7. 7. Risks associated with social media
  8. 8. Two main types of threat Users publishing information Social networking attacks
  9. 9. Users publishing information • Reveal sensitive information • Defamation of others/school system This can be inadvertent or deliberate And the repercussions include: • Reputation damage • Fines
  10. 10. Hobby/ Social networking attacks showing off Financially-motivated organized crime
  11. 11. Social networking attacks Social networking accounts are valuable to hackers They can use them to send spam, spread malware, steal identities... … in the quest to acquire personal information for financial gain
  12. 12. Data = $$$ • Steal your money directly • Sell your data • Trick your friends and family into supplying personal data • Sell your identity • Use your accounts to spread spam, malware and more data theft scams! • Sell your school’s data or sensitive information • Blackmail individuals and organizations
  13. 13. How the threats work
  14. 14. How the threats work • Spam • Phishing • Malware
  15. 15. Social networking spam
  16. 16. Social networking spam
  17. 17. Social networking spam
  18. 18. Social networking spam
  19. 19. Social networking spam
  20. 20. Social networking spam
  21. 21. Social networking spam 57% of social networking users report being hit by spam via the services That’s an increase of 70.6% from a year ago
  22. 22. Social networking phishing
  23. 23. Social networking phishing
  24. 24. Social networking phishing
  25. 25. Social networking phishing
  26. 26. Social networking phishing 30% of social networking users report phishing attacks via the sites That’s an increase of 42.9% from a year ago
  27. 27. Social networking malware
  28. 28. Social networking malware
  29. 29. Social networking malware
  30. 30. Social networking malware
  31. 31. Social networking malware
  32. 32. Social networking malware
  33. 33. Using social media safely
  34. 34. Top tips for staying secure • KNOW THE RULES - check your organization’s policy on social networking • USE SECURE PASSWORDS - minimum 14 characters including non-letters • CHECK THE DEFAULT SETTINGS - don’t providing personal information by default • BE PICTURE PRUDENT - think before posting images that might cause embarrassment • BEWARE OF BIG BROTHER - assume everyone can read your posts, including hackers! • SECURE YOUR COMPUTERS - use up-to-date security software and firewalls • THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK - if the email looks dodgy it probably is • STRANGER DANGER - beware of unsolicited invitations from spammers
  35. 35. Summary • Financially-motivated criminals are increasingly using social media sites to steal identities, spread malware and send spam • Social networks are getting better at protecting users against these threats – but there’s a long way to go • The onus is on YOU to use social media sites safely – follow the top tips for staying secure
  36. 36. Thank you

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