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Why Social Media is Increasingly Abused for Phishing Attacks

I recently read an article called Why Social Media is Increasingly Abused for Phishing Attacks and I found it interesting. Problem is that its true. While different people have found me on twitter and wanted to start relationships, I’ve been caucious because all of this is text. Several wanted to move to hangouts which is fine, and they ask personal questions. One of these people even went so far as to ask me to open a bank account here so money can be transfered and they can have access because they were in the millitary and they weren’t supposed to be even talking to people around the country. They never called me, and I told them this was not going to happen. Another person started a relationship with me same deal, but when i mentioned that this was only a text message conversation and I don’t do text conversations for relationships.

This type of thing happens all the time, and you need to be on guard. Whether you use hangouts, twitter, facebook, linked in, or any other social media, you need to be careful. You never know what is going to happen. People can ask for relationships and they could be not who they say they are.

The article itself was worth the read, and I encourage everyone to read it. Its definitely an eye opener since all of these platforms are a form of social media in some form or another.

Here is a little more on the social media aspect in regards to the phishing and social media aspect.

for malicious purposes. In the case of social media, there are numerous forms of phishing that occur:

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• Impersonation
• Credential theft
• Propagating attacks
• Data dumps
• Romance scams
• 419 Scams (Nigerian prince)
• Intelligence gathering (for account takeover and spearphishing)

There’s more, I’d suggest you give it a read. I’ll be talking about this article in detail on a future podcast.

Thanks for reading!


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Why Social Media is Increasingly Abused for Phishing Attacks was released on September 8, 2019 at 8:30 am by tech in article commentary.
Last modified: September 6, 2019.


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