Fake LinkedIn profiles lure unsuspecting users
"No doubt you've received a LinkedIn invitation from someone you don't know – or you're not sure you know. Next time, you might want to think a little harder before accepting.
Researchers from Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit have identified a network of at least 25 well-developed LinkedIn profiles as part of a targeted social engineering campaign against individuals in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. The fake profiles were linked to 204 legitimate profiles belonging to individuals working in defence, telecommunications, government and utility sectors. A quarter of the victims worked in the telecommunications sector in the Middle East and North Africa. Fortunately, the fake profiles have already been removed from LinkedIn.
The fake network was created to help attackers target victims via social engineering. The group likely relied on the fact that people tend to trust people within their personal network and would be more likely to fall for a spear phishing email if it appeared to come from a fellow member. The victims would also be more likely to visit a website if a member of their network suggested it.”
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