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Online Social Networks Security: Threats, Attacks, and Future Directions

  • Ja’far AlqatawnaEmail author
  • Alia Madain
  • Ala’ M. Al-Zoubi
  • Rizik Al-Sayyed
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Abstract

A list of well-known Online Social Networks extend to hundreds of available sites with hundreds of thousands, millions, and even billions of registered accounts; for instance, Facebook as of April 2016 has around two billion active users. Online Social Networks made a difference in many people’s lives and helped in opening avenues that were not possible before. However, as in any success story there is a downside. Cyber-attacks that used to have a small or limited effect can now have a huge distributed effect through utilizing those social network sites. Some attacks are more apparent than others in this context; hence this chapter discusses how serious attacks are possible in online social networks and what has been done to encounter them. It will discuss privacy, Sybil attacks, social engineering, spam, malware, botnet attacks, and the trade-off between services, security, and users’ rights.

Keywords

Social Network Site Online Social Network Identity Theft Social Graph Mobile Social Networking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ja’far Alqatawna
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alia Madain
    • 1
  • Ala’ M. Al-Zoubi
    • 1
  • Rizik Al-Sayyed
    • 1
  1. 1.King Abdulla II School for Information TechnologyUniversity of JordanAmmanJordan
  2. 2.Jordan Information Security & Digital Forensics Research Group (JISDF)AmmanJordan

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