About privacy and phishing on social networks and the case of Facebook

Abstract

Aim. In recent years, social networks have multiplied on the Internet, becoming more and more used, and consequently raising doubts about the security of privacy. This exponential development has attracted the attention of bad-intentioneds too. The aim of the research is to undestand how “attack algorithms” can violate the privacy of millions of people, despite privacy policies which do not allow their use.

 Methods. Considering an analysis on password security on Facebook, I evaluate the problems connected with the use of an attack algorithm in relation to privacy and security.

 Results. Over the  years, Facebook privacy policies have been changed, but with new services it is still possible to trace personal information. Using special phishing techniques it is possible to get the access credentials of a good percentage of users. This allows attackers to perform online transactions, view bank accounts and their transactions, call details, credit card numbers and many other personal data.

 Conclusions. Waiting for the power of the future quantum Internet, it is unfortunately possible today to launch an attack exploiting the analysed techniques and even improve them, making them more effective and reaching even higher success rates, thus placing a very high number of users in serious danger.

Author Biography

Paolo Di Sia, School of Engineering & School of Medicine, Stradella S. Nicola 3, 36100 Vicenza, Italy

Paolo Di Sia is currently adjunct professor by the University of Padova (Italy) and by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). He obtained a bachelor in metaphysics (space-time categories among science, philosophy and theology), a master in theoretical physics (effective theory of superstring) and a PhD in theoretical modelling applied to nano-bio-technology (transport properties in nano-bio-structures). He is author of 272 works to date (papers on national and international journals, international book chapters, books, internal academic notes, works on scientific web-pages, popular works, in press), is reviewer of two mathematics academic books, editor of three international academic books, reviewer of 14 international journals. He obtained 17 international awards, is member of 10 scientific societies and of 39 International Advisory/Editorial Boards, recently selected for the Award of Doctor of Science (D.Sc) as a legitimate honor by the International American Council for Research and Development, United States of America.

Published
2019-04-23
How to Cite
Di Sia, P. (2019). About privacy and phishing on social networks and the case of Facebook. E-Methodology, 5(5), 100-112. https://doi.org/10.15503/emet.v5i5.429
Section
“On the Internet” – Research