Cyber Security Risks in the Social World

We’re all fairly knowledgeable about how to deal with security issues for email. We don’t open emails that come from someone we don’t know, for example, and if we do, we’re certainly wary about clicking on links. These same malicious tools can be used with social media posts to infect people’s computers and smart devices. But for some reason, people are much more willing to click and trust links on social media than they are elsewhere in the digital world. In May 2017, the New York Times reported that Russian hackers gained access to the computer of a Pentagon official through a link in a Twitter post that was put out by a robot account for a ‘family friendly summer vacation.’ They also tried ‘spear-phishing’ on 10,000 Twitter accounts for people in the Department of Defense.

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