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The Impact of Social Media Attacks Targeting Employees in an Organization: A Case Study
Högskolan Väst, Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap.
2023 (engelsk)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 poäng / 15 hpOppgave
Abstract [en]

Social media has a huge potential to be used positively or negatively. It allows for the preservation of relationships, information sharing, and connections with loved ones. It does, however, offer a platform for using social engineering techniques. 

It's a great chance to network and find new job paths on LinkedIn, a social media platform that connects experts in particular industries. But it could also be a target for social engineering schemes. This was demonstrated in the example mentioned in the coming sections when the author used LinkedIn to break into the network of the business. To access the employees' profiles, the author created a fake profile and issued friend requests to them, as well as using open-source intelligent tools to do reconnaissance on the company and its employees. As a result, they learned important information about the duties and tasks of the staff. The information was then utilized to create more effective social media like LinkedIn attacks.

Overall, the case study emphasizes the necessity for businesses to understand the risks posed by employee-targeted social media attacks and to take appropriate action. Organizations may protect the safety of their employees, uphold their reputation, and maintain a secure online environment by being aware of the effects of such assaults and taking preventative action.

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2023. , s. 50
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Cybersecurity, Social engineering, social media, LinkedIn, Training and awareness, Recommendations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20376Lokal ID: EXD600OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-20376DiVA, id: diva2:1780052
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Computer science
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Master in Cybersecurity
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2023-07-17 Laget: 2023-07-05 Sist oppdatert: 2023-07-17bibliografisk kontrollert

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