Homing socialbots: intrusion on a specific organization’s employee using socialbots

Aviad Elyashar, Michael Fire, Dima Kagan, Yuval Elovici

Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in …, 2013

One dimension on the Internet, which has gained great popularity in recent years are the online social networks (OSNs). Users all over the globe write, share, and publish personal information about themselves, their friends, and their workplace. In this study we present a method for infiltrating specific users in targeted organizations by using organizational social networks topologies and Socialbots. The targeted organizations, which have been chosen by us, were technology-oriented organizations. Employees from this kind of organization should be more aware of the dangers of exposing private information. An infiltration is defined as accepting a Socialbot’s friend request. Upon accepting a Socialbot’s friend request, users unknowingly expose information about themselves and their workplace. To infiltrate this we had to use our Socialbots in a sophisticated manner. First, we had to gather information and recognize …