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August 26 2013


Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds : All Tech Considered : NPR

Ima email this shit to all my friends who keep telling me I “need to join facebook!” yuck.

January 17 2013


Facebook Graph Search may be a social engineering nightmare | Internet privacy - InfoWorld

Facebook’s newly unveiled Graph Search search engine is an intriguing marriage of social networking and big data, creating opportunities for people to easily connect with prospective business partners, customers, friends, dates, and so on. At the same time, it’s tough to ignore that Graph Search could be used as an on-tap source of social engineering data, which cyber scammers and malicious hackers could use and abuse in any number of ways.

If you missed Facebook’s big announcement about Graph Search, it’s basically a Facebook search engine with which you can track down Facebook users who meet particular criteria (say, people who live in Chicago and are software developers). You can also search for pictures or businesses that meet particular criteria (such as “pictures of my friends at Disneyland” or “attorneys that my friends recommend.”)

Social engineering entails using personal details about a victim (where they work, where they went to school, who they’re married to, what their interests are) to gain trust so that you can scam them, hack them, or otherwise take advantage. Hacking competitions in recent years have added social engineering events as the tactic has gained in popularity.

Graph Search appears to be well suited for serving up the very data that a scammer might use to dupe a target. Though Graph Search is not yet available to users, Facebook is offering a glimpse of what its searches might yield. Based simply on the outcome of a sample search, I could see how the tool could be used to quickly gather enough personal data about fellow Facebook users to successfully launch social-engineering-style attacks. …

November 24 2012

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