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Profile poisoning the next frontier for web attacks?

chicksdaddy (814965) writes | about 2 years ago

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chicksdaddy writes "Google and Facebook already know everything about you – your interests, friends, tastes and even your movements. That’s a privacy nightmare. But researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Information Security Center (GTISC) think it could soon be a security nightmare, also.

According to Georgia Tech's “Emerging Cyber Threats Reports 2013, automated information systems could soon become a powerful tool in the hands of sophisticated attackers, who will look for ways to manipulate victims’ online profile — a kind of super SEO poisoning attack — that will steer them to certain (malicious) sites.

“If you compromise a computer, the victim can always switch to a clean machine and your attack is over,” said Wenke Lee, a professor at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing and director of the GTISC in the report. “If you compromise a user’s search history and hence his online profile, the victim gets the malicious search results no matter where he logs in from.""

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Very true (1)

sahostking (2712879) | about 2 years ago | (#42037247)

This is quite true. I'm not so comfortable with online profiles hence I always try not to fill in too much information.
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