Social services such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and LiveJournal are an essential part of the hacker’s toolkit. Commonly known
as the Social Web, these services provide a heretofore unprecedented data
store of personal information about people, companies, and governments that
can be leveraged for financial crime, espionage, and disinformation by both
state and non-state hackers.
In this new era of cyber warfare, the Web is both a battle space and
an information space. As this chapter shows, it is also a social,
educational, and support medium for hackers engaged in cyber operations of
one kind or another.
This chapter also discusses security implications for employees of the
U.S. government, including the Armed Services, who use social media and how
their activities can put critical networks in jeopardy of being compromised
by an adversary.
In addition to the giant social applications mentioned earlier are
hacker forums, many of which are private or offer VIP rooms
for invited members. These forums, along with blogs and websites, provide
recruitment, training, coordination, and fundraising help to support the
hackers’ nationalistic or religious activities. What follows is a sampling
Social networking is very popular among Russians. A recent Comscore study shows that, as a group, Russians are the most engaged social networking audience in the world, spending an average of 6.6 hours viewing 1,307 pages per visitor ...
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