7 months and counting … Social Engineering?

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Marcelo Orlandi
7 months and counting … Social Engineering?

It was back in 8th June 2017 when we decided to start Malware Monday. Now 7 months and more than 30 blog posts later, we start a new year with new challenges and new threats from the bad guys.

But why is keeping the community informed important? This has a lot to do with Social Engineering, a term which you may have heard before somewhere, but may not know what it means or why it’s relevant to you.

Wikipedia defines Social Engineering, in the context of information security, as “the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information.” So how does this pertain to Malware Monday?

Let me show you some numbers to provide more context.

According to Internet World Stats, in June 2008 there were 1,463,000,000 internet users, which was around 21.6% of the earth’s population.

Now if we jump to June 2017, we are at 3,885,000,000 which means close to 52% of the earth’s population is on the Internet. This is more than a 30% increase in 9 years.

Just remember that back in 2008:

  • LinkedIn was 8 years old
  • Facebook was only 4 years old
  • YouTube was 3 years old
  • Twitter was only 1.5 years old
  • Instagram was not even born yet (for another 2 years)

At that time Facebook only had 145 million users and this year it will hit the 1.86 billion users.

Are you getting the picture now? More and more people are jumping on the Internet, we live on the Internet, share information, communicate, etc. In addition to that, you probably have a Smart TV, Smart Security cameras, game consoles, baby monitors and probably other devices at home communicating all the time to the internet.

Attackers saw this as an opportunity to utilize this new culture as a primo way to attack, and win.

What do we do now? Well, by now you may have a Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram and probably other dozens of different accounts. Make sure to check their privacy to confirm that they are not open to the world and only to your friends, professional network and people you want to share information. This is a great starting point for keeping your identity safe out there.

Thanks for the last 7 great months and let aim for a great 2018, safer and smarter in order to keep the bad guys outside.

Until next Monday Malware. Be safe out there.