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Facebook Graph Search is an awesome tool for phishing attacks

Tony Bradley | Jan. 17, 2013
Facebook shook the tech world's foundation a bit with the announcement of Graph Search capability. Users are anxious for a chance to play with the new feature, and attackers are looking forward to this potent new weapon, er, tool as well.

That is true, and Facebook deserves credit for building in privacy controls. Unfortunately, many of the billion-ish Facebook users aren't aware of, or don't properly use the security and privacy controls--so everything they post on the social network will be easily discoverable by cyber criminals.

Horan clarifies, "From a hacker's perspective, the data was already there and subject to target an attack, but this new feature makes it easier for attackers to collect similar targets for a more customized attack."

"If you thought the level of spam and phishing scams on Facebook couldn't possibly get worse, I have bad news for you. We ain't seen nuthin' yet," warns Storms.

 

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