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Issue No. 03 - May/June (2011 vol. 15)
ISSN: 1089-7801
pp: 28-34
Martin Mulazzani , SBA Research
Sigrun Goluch , SBA Research
Gerhard Kitzler , SBA Research
Edgar Weippl , SBA Research
Markus Huber , SBA Research
<p>Friend-in-the-middle attacks on social networking sites can be used to harvest social data in an automated fashion. Attackers can then exploit this data for large-scale attacks using context-aware spam and social phishing. The authors prove the feasibility of such an attack and simulate the impact on Facebook. Alarmingly, all major social networking sites are vulnerable to this attack because they fail to appropriately secure the network layer.</p>
Social networking sites, spam, phishing, Internet computing
Martin Mulazzani, Sigrun Goluch, Gerhard Kitzler, Edgar Weippl, Markus Huber, "Friend-in-the-Middle Attacks: Exploiting Social Networking Sites for Spam", IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 15, no. , pp. 28-34, May/June 2011, doi:10.1109/MIC.2011.24
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