Since its launch in 2003, LinkedIn has grown to become not only the largest professional social network but also a vital cog in the marketing machinery of companies and one of the world's biggest recruitment platforms.
With over 930 million users across 200 countries, there’s no denying that it’s an incredibly valuable platform, but as with any social media - it isn’t without its risks to cyber health.
In this blog, we’re going to take a deep dive into the cybersecurity threats posed by Linkedin and share what you (and your team!) can do to mitigate those threats. Let’s get started.
By far the most common threat on LinkedIn is that of hacking and account takeover. Where weak or reused passwords appear, so do cybercriminals looking to take advantage.
Once a cybercriminal has access to your account, they can utilise your network to spread spam, launch phishing attacks, spread misinformation or even impersonate you for their own financial gain. Remember, only some voices on LinkedIn can be trusted!
Once a cybercriminal gains access to a LinkedIn account, they’re able to make use of it in any way they please. Oftentimes, that means deploying phishing scams.
Phishing scams are deceptive attempts to trick users into revealing sensitive information, such as login credentials, financial data, or personal details.
LinkedIn users may encounter phishing attacks through emails, messages, or even fake LinkedIn profiles that appear authentic.
These cyber-threats can be particularly dangerous as they exploit human trust and curiosity. For example, posing as a senior manager in your organisation may contact a new starter requesting confidential information.
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LinkedIn profiles contain a staggering amount of information about both our personal and private lives. Your LinkedIn profile contains a huge digital footprint, whether it’s your location, job role, employer, personal achievements, hobbies or interests.
With just a single LinkedIn profile, it’s astonishingly simple for a cybercriminal to commit identity fraud.
LinkedIn’s success as a recruitment tool has led to an increase in job offer scams, in which scammers post fake job offers or internships to lure job seekers. Such offers may lead to financial losses or identity theft.
LinkedIn users may unknowingly encounter malware distribution, where cybercriminals disseminate malicious software through seemingly harmless links or attachments. Malware can infect your device and grant hackers unauthorised access to your data or use your device for illegal activities.
While social networks like LinkedIn have proven their value for organisations time and time again, it’s clear that they aren’t without their risks.
With 90% of data breaches occurring as a result of human error, the only certainty in business is that it’s only a matter of time before an employee makes a mistake.
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