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Attack vectors against social networking systems : the Facebook example

conference contribution
posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Matthew Warren, Shona Leitch, Ian Rosewall
Social networking systems (SNS’s) such as Facebook are an ever evolving and developing means of social interaction, which is not only being used to disseminate information to family, friends and colleagues but as a way of meeting and interacting with "strangers" through the advent of a large number of social applications. The attractiveness of such software has meant a dramatic increase in the number of frequent users of SNS’s and the threats which were once common to the Internet have now been magnified, intensified and altered as the potential for criminal behaviour on SNS’s increases. Social networking sites including Facebook contain a vast amount of personal information, that if obtained could be used for other purposes or to carry out other crimes such as identity theft. This paper will focus on the security threats posed to social networking sites and gain an understanding of these risks by using a security approach known as “attack trees”. This will allow for a greater understanding of the complexity associated with protecting Social Networking systems with a particular focus on Facebook.

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Event

Australian Information Security Management. Conference (9th : 2011 : Perth, W. A.)

Publisher

SECAU - Security Research Centre

Location

Perth, W. A.

Place of publication

Perth, W. A.

Start date

2011-12-05

End date

2011-12-07

ISBN-13

9780729806992

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Copyright notice

2011, The Authors

Editor/Contributor(s)

C Bolan, C Valli

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of The 9th Australian Information Security Management Conference

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