Catalin Cosoi, Head of the Online Threats Lab at internet security solutions provider BitDefender, offers his reaction to the news that The MoD has released an updated series of wartime public information films to warn people of the dangers of social media.
“It is essential for the public to heed the MoD’s advice to ‘think before you share’ when using social media. The danger posed by cybercriminals, however, is not limited to simply reading status updates. Unfortunately, a social network is the perfect target for hackers looking to employ social engineering and phishing attacks – a threat that the general public must also be made aware of. In the last few years we have seen several examples of malware lurking on social networks. There are at least half a million Facebook users that have fallen for the ‘see who viewed my profile’ application. Individuals need to understand that these sorts of applications are fake, designed to send private information to its creators. Indeed, BitDefender’s safego security app has scanned over 17 million Facebook posts and found that over 60% of attacks come from notifications from malicious third-party applications on Facebook's developer platform. The other main aspect that has to be considered is security as all social networking websites are subject to inherent flaws and bugs, whether it is login issues, cross-site scripting potential or Java vulnerabilities.”