Leveraging Social Networks and BYOD for Reverse Social Engineering Attacks on Corporate Networks

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The growth of social media, coupled with the increasing adoption of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) present new challenges for network security. This paper provides proof of concept on how a carefully crafted Reverse Social Engineering (RSE) attack, using social media platforms such as Facebook or LinkedIn, can compromise mobile devices used by professionals. As a result of BYOD, these compromised devices are readily given network access. Access is likely just as high as the user’s normal access using a company provided workstation that stays in the environment at all times. This allows an attacker to establish a foothold within the network to launch further attacks. We will also examine the best practices to defend against this growing threat.

Prepared by:
Patrick Kelley
Jared Haviland

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