Have you ever been wary of Facebook friend requests from complete strangers? Well, if not, now is the time to be more cautious than ever. According to Scottish Business Resilience Centre, hackers are targeting Facebook and Twitter users to shell out their personal details including bank account numbers and the like. These intruders use fake profiles to befriend people and use the information gathered to hack company computers. Professionals with CEH training course can guard against such happenings but user behaviour is also a matter of grave concern.
In Edinburgh, it was reported that one financial services company hired an ‘ethical’ hacker, for actually committing unethical practices. The hacker used to befriend employees of the competitor organization through fake social media profiles. It appeared that he gained the trust of those people and got access to their organization’s network including confidential data and critical internal systems.
This is what a PwC report discovered:
- 87% of small sized businesses have suffered from an IT breach over the past one year.
- 63% of those had a perpetrator external to the organization, in other words, these attacks were carried out by unethical hackers.
- 57% of these breaches were related to social media profiles of the employees through which the intruders gained unauthorised access.
Therefore, it is imperative to be very cautious of who you befriend online. Online users must be very skeptical when dealing with people on the web. Koenig Solutions offers an array of IT Security courses for those who believe in taking a proactive approach to issues rather than a reactive one.