The recent report stated that all the social media platforms can
act as goldmines for cyber criminals to identify and target key individuals for
a successful treasure.
Be careful while you next time post your details about
job and workplace description on any social media websites. You might be the
potential target of cyber criminals and hackers. Experts of Cybercrime and
forensic consultants say hackers can try to dig the social media database of
employees of organizations they intend to attack and send them phishing mails.
A recent report by EY on 'Cybercrime Incidents in India' states
how social media is coming up as one of the largest risk zones for cyber-attacks,
with 90% of the 160 top executives identifying it as a major source of
cyber-attacks are giving response to the survey.
The report stated that employees post crucial details related
to their work profile and workplace on social networking websites. The social
media platforms that contain employee’s data act as goldmines for cyber
criminals to identify and target key individuals for a successful treasure.
The report, highlighted the fact that excessive use of
social media by employees could increase the risk of cyber-attacks of employees
with low awareness of risks from social media could prove disastrous for the organization
by making it more vulnerable to hacks. "It is common for individuals to
have their personal information and job profile available and accessible on
social media platforms, making the hacker's task easier," the report
Aleks Gostev, chief security expert at Kaspersky Labs
which provides cyber security solutions to business entities said in an
interaction with ET, how in the case of the Bangladesh central bank heist it
was reportedly an employee who had put 'SWIFT operator' in his job description
on a social media website, thereby making him an easy target.
SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial
Telecommunication, is a global interbank messaging platform between banks meant
for financial transactions like international remittances and others.
"Such disclosure of information makes employees
vulnerable to external
attacks," he said.
Sector wise, financial services with 24% of the attacks
along with technology, media and telecommunication sectors with 26% were the
most impacted by cyber attacks.
Further, with the increased pace of digitisation of
payments and technology at financial institutions, the threat of cyber attacks
have grown manifold, the report stated. The demands put through Ransomware are cryptocurrency
like Bitcoins, vulnerabilities on mobile phones and loopholes in the digital
payments space are the emerging potential spaces for cyber-attacks in India.