Security and Privacy Issues in Social Networks

  • Sepideh Deliri
  • Massimiliano Albanese
Part of the Data-Centric Systems and Applications book series (DCSA)


Online social networks (OSNs) have become extremely popular in recent years, and their widespread adoption has led to the presence of huge volumes of users’ personal information on the Internet. The ever-increasing number of social networks’ users on one hand and the massive amount of information being shared daily on the other hand have encouraged attackers to develop and use different techniques to collect and analyze such information for a number of malicious purposes, including spear-phishing attacks and identity theft. Clearly, this trend represents a significant challenge for both users and administrators. In fact, the widespread adoption of OSNs has raised a wide range of security and privacy concerns, which have not been fully addressed yet. In many cases, users are not even aware of the disclosure of their personal information through their profiles. Leakage of a user’s private information can happen in different ways. In this chapter, we discuss the main security and privacy issues associated with online social networks and investigate some attack models used to reveal a user’s private information. We also discuss different strategies and regulations that can prevent disclosure of private information through OSNs.


Personal Information Online Social Network Privacy Issue Secret Image Malicious User 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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