Attack vectors against social networking systems: the Facebook example

Warren, M, Leitch, S and Rosewall, I 2011, 'Attack vectors against social networking systems: the Facebook example', in T. Williams and C. Valli (ed.) 9th Australian Information Security Management Conference , Perth, Australia, 5 - 7 December 2011, pp. 231-237.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Attack vectors against social networking systems: the Facebook example
Author(s) Warren, M
Leitch, S
Rosewall, I
Year 2011
Conference name 9th Australian Information Security Management Conference
Conference location Perth, Australia
Conference dates 5 - 7 December 2011
Proceedings title 9th Australian Information Security Management Conference
Editor(s) T. Williams and C. Valli
Publisher Edith Cowan University
Place of publication Perth, Australia
Start page 231
End page 237
Total pages 7
Abstract Social networking systems (SNS`s) such as Facebook are an ever evolving and developing means of social interaction, which is not only being used to disseminate information to family, friends and colleagues but as a way of meeting and interacting with "strangers" through the advent of a large number of social applications. The attractiveness of such software has meant a dramatic increase in the number of frequent users of SNS`s and the threats which were once common to the Internet have now been magnified, intensified and altered as the potential for criminal behaviour on SNS`s increases. Social networking sites including Facebook contain a vast amount of personal information, that if obtained could be used for other purposes or to carry out other crimes such as identity theft. This paper will focus on the security threats posed to social networking sites and gain an understanding of these risks by using a security approach known as 'attack trees'. This will allow for a greater understanding of the complexity associated with protecting Social Networking systems with a particular focus on Facebook.
Keyword(s) Social Network Systems (SNS)
Facebook
attack tree
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