My employer (SecureState) has released two white papers as part of our Social Media Security Awareness Month. You can also download some cool wallpaper for this month created by Rob our graphic designer (see the picture on the right). :-)
First is some research several of my colleagues and I worked on. The paper is titled: “Profiling User Passwords on Social Networks”. The paper discusses the password problem that we all know and love as well as how you can determine passwords by what individuals post on their profiles. We dive into tools from Robin Wood, Mark Baggett and others that can be used to pull keywords from profiles and other sources to create wordlists. These wordlists can be used for brute force attacks on user accounts. Next, we look at password complexity of several popular social networks with some research around brute force controls that some of the social networks have implemented, or in some cases haven’t. Lastly, we discuss some things that users of social networks can do when choosing passwords. You can download my paper here.
The other paper released is titled: “Security Gaps in Social Media Websites for Children Open Door to Attackers Aiming To Prey On Children” by my colleague Scott White. In his paper he looks at the security of social media websites specifically designed for children. This is some very detailed research and sheds some light on how predators are using these sites to target children as well as some issues that are unique to these types of social media websites. You can download Scott’s paper here.
Speaking of social media…I’ll be presenting “Social Impact: Risks and Rewards of Social Media” at the Information Security Summit this Friday at 10am. I’ll have the slide deck posted shortly after the conference.