Social engineering in social networking sites : the art of impersonation
Algarni, Abdullah, Xu, Yue, & Chan, Taizan (2014) Social engineering in social networking sites : the art of impersonation. In Proceedings of The 11th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (CSS 2014), IEEE Computer Society, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, pp. 797-804.
Social networking sites (SNSs), with their large number of users and large information base, seem to be the perfect breeding ground for exploiting the vulnerabilities of people, who are considered the weakest link in security. Deceiving, persuading, or influencing people to provide information or to perform an action that will benefit the attacker is known as “social engineering.” Fraudulent and deceptive people use social engineering traps and tactics through SNSs to trick users into obeying them, accepting threats, and falling victim to various crimes such as phishing, sexual abuse, financial abuse, identity theft, and physical crime. Although organizations, researchers, and practitioners recognize the serious risks of social engineering, there is a severe lack of understanding and control of such threats. This may be partly due to the complexity of human behaviors in approaching, accepting, and failing to recognize social engineering tricks. This research aims to investigate the impact of source characteristics on users’ susceptibility to social engineering victimization in SNSs, particularly Facebook. Using grounded theory method, we develop a model that explains what and how source characteristics influence Facebook users to judge the attacker as credible.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||social engineering, social networking sites, information security management, source credibility, trust management, impersonation, deception|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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|Deposited On:||06 Jul 2014 22:41|
|Last Modified:||29 Oct 2014 00:29|
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