Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Phishing" gets supplanted by "smishing": social media phishing could be much more dangerous than email's was

According to a Webroot blog story tweeted recently, the latest variation on “phishing” is now “smishing” or social media phishing, sometimes from hacked Facebook accounts, with the Ian Moyse (EMEA) story URL here.

It seems as though there is a black market in Facebook logons, which could result in tarnishing the reputations of the targets, their accounts being wrongfully closed or accusations being made against them, although in the email world that concern (over sender spoofing) hasn’t really materialized.

It seems as though any online user needs to check all his or her accounts frequently.  In the mainframe work world, back in the 80s, we used to be concerned that fraud could be committed in your name if you left your terminal logged on when you weren’t there. 

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