“Be Social” is the imperative of the last years. We live alternative lives, we have dense networks of relationships, we feel the irrepressible urge to be part of a group, to fill the void that we carry within. But this human propensity to aggregation is now the foundation of the concept of “social network“, a community of people, each of them defined “node” by researches, which are united by friendship, kinship, passions, interests, religious beliefs. The whole world is represented by a lattice structure that scientists have long taken to study, to achieve the classification of that human “node”, classify and customs, and especially to predict the behavior of single and through its influence the response of the community a particular event. The philosophy is that of the control.
In May 2011 I have defined the term “social network poisoning” writing before to Wikipedia EN and also to Italian Wiki.
The term social network refers to the “poisoning” effect produced by the application of methods designed to make unreliable the knowledge related to a profile and its relationships. The application of this kind of attack on a large-scale could lead to the collapse of Social Networking platforms affect its value for commercial purposes, as well as the utility in terms of knowledge and correlation of data provided by users, with a significant impact on its economic value.
In the same way as the “route poisoning” (affecting the telecommunications network), the “poisoning action” are conducted with the aim to pollute the contents of this social network profiles typically introducing artifacts and relationships exist between them and real ones thus making the information unreliable. The result is the consequent failure of the chain of trust which are based on all social networks, in order not to allow search engines specifically developed to retrieve information of any kind relating to a particular profile.
Starting from the assumption that the Internet and in particular the social network lacks a coherent and safe management of digital identity, it is possible to introduce the main tools currently poisoning hypothesize new and viable in a future scenario
How easy to understand the interest in social networks are the stars. Complex systems analyze information, scan faces and places, building new relationships and providing new information. Government agencies and companies have realized the full potential of the medium, a real gold mine in which the imperative is the power, information, and control of a at the expense of a user too distracted and inattentive to the dangers ahead.
(Security Affairs – Social Network Poisoning)
Special thanks to
Mohit Kumar – Founder and CEO at The Hacker News
Andrea Zapparoli Manzoni – Founding Partner @ iDialoghi Srl
Calogero Bonasia – BPM Senior Analyst
Social Network Poisoning (IT)