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Social Phishing Spikes As Spam Declines, IBM Finds
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Deb Donston-Miller
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Deb Donston-Miller,
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4/17/2012 | 2:18:01 AM
re: Social Phishing Spikes As Spam Declines, IBM Finds
The scary thing about social is how much info can be gleaned with absolutely no end user action at all. No longer do the bad guys have to convince people to click through a link; there is a wealth of information available on users' social media presence, especially if it is not locked down well. But when it does come to email spam, this info can be used to craft emails even the most suspicious of security pros would be hard-pressed to ignore.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard
dadler60601
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4/11/2012 | 2:00:56 AM
re: Social Phishing Spikes As Spam Declines, IBM Finds
Very timely piece. People need to be aware of the risk of accepting connections using social media. Given the high degree of personal information disclosed, one needs to be even more skeptical of proposed connections. For example, if someone is trying to connect through LinkedIn, if you are not absolutely certain you know this person, check their "connections." Do they have 5 or 500? Can you verify the work history. When in doubt, do without. For more about me see adlerlaw.wordpress.com


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