Hackers get social in latest network attacks

cyber crime

Security breaches at LinkedIn and eHarmony have highlighted an escalation in attacks on social networks from hackers seeking to exploit personal data, according to security firms.

The professional networking and dating sites have both confirmed that some of their users’ passwords have been stolen. They have not disclosed how many but security experts said hackers have posted a total of 8m encrypted passwords online, the bulk of which came from LinkedIn.

LastFM, a UK-based social network focused on music and owned by CBS, on Thursday also admitted some of its users’ passwords had been stolen. Like LinkedIn and eHarmony, it advised users to change passwords.

Experts called the LinkedIn hack “one of the largest we’ve seen” and a sign that cybercriminals are showing an increasing preference for targeting social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

“Now they’ve switched over to social networks,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, a security research firm. “The anti-spam features on these sites are nowhere near as mature as places like Hotmail and Gmail.”

In April, social networks replaced financial organisations as the top target of phishing attacks, according to data from Kaspersky Lab. Phishing campaigns are spoof emails or spoof social networking messages that impersonate a business like LinkedIn to trick people to hand over their email address or password or other personal information.  Read More


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