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Social Networks as an Attack Platform: Facebook Case Study

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3 Author(s)
Constantinos Patsakis ; Dept. of Inf., Univ. of Piraeus, Piraeus ; Alexandros Asthenidis ; Abraham Chatzidimitriou

In this paper it is described how can a social network, like facebook, be exploited and converted into an attack platform, in order to gain some sensitive data, which can complete a perfect attacking profile against a user. More specifically, we created a facebook application for demonstration purposes that on the surface is a simple application, but on the background it collects useful data, making it easy to attack against the user with malicious programs, showing the risks that these platforms can expose their users to.

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Networks, 2009. ICN '09. Eighth International Conference on

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1-6 March 2009