There are many dangers of an open digital door.

In this blog we’re going to focus on the threat of social cybercrime. Social cybercrimes leverage social media and open source intelligence (information that can be accessed and consumed freely and publicly) to inflict emotional, physical, and financial harm to an individual or entity.

Social cybercrimes include:

  • Identity Theft
  • Phishing
  • Spear Phishing (or Whaling)
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Extortion
  • Doxing
  • Stalking
  • Cyber Retaliation and Revenge

Most, if not all of these crimes originate online.

How and why are all of these crimes originating online? Because that is where the data is, and distinguishable data is easy to collect. Social cyber crimes start with a criminal conducting online reconnaissance. Criminals leverage open source intelligence (OSINT) to find and locate descriptive and distinguishable information.

Cyber criminals love to find:

  • First & Last Name
  • Email addresses
  • Physical addresses
  • Employment information
  • Children/Grandchildren Names/Info
  • Birthdays
  • Pet Names
  • Vacation Info
  • Education information
  • Hometown or current city
  • Even Credit card or Social Security numbers available on the Dark Web

How much information does a cyber criminal need?

Well, it really depends on the type of attack. Someone just needs to harvest enough distinguishable information to make an identity claim on your behalf or to trick you or someone else out of MORE information.

This point is, sharing and oversharing online can have very dangerous consequences.

Next week, in our final installment of “Locking Your Digital Doors”, we’ll take an in-depth look at prevention!

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