I'm starting the week off with a few loose ends, or mixed items if you will.
ASHLEY MADISON, EVIL FONTS, AND FAKE LINKEDIN PROFILES
LET'S START WITH ASHLEY !
Well, it seems my blog is being read by the good folks at ADL. They finally stopped making false claims on their front page about having security certifications that do not exist.
Good move Ashley.
The new front page however shows big voluptuous breasts. I'm certain someone will complain about that. The previous version of front page was much classier. Personally, I don't mind the eye strain.
I get a lot of fake invites in LinkedIn, as I'm certain most people do.
Most of the time they are hot 20 year olds with impressive titles like VP of Marketing trying to sell me appointment setting services.
This week I got one that looked alright, yet, something was off and I couldn't put my finger on it until I accepted the invitation to connect.
Something looked off, so I screen captured the picture and uploaded it into Google Images. Voila! The picture is from a modelling agency. Nothing to do with a "Lindsay Campbell" from Daigo Oil.
So don't be too quick at accepting LinkedIn invitations from people who seem out of place.
The current trend is do grow fake LinkedIn accounts and then use them for such evil as:
1) Harvesting email accounts from real profiles that are all now linked together
2) Hiding their identity since they are about to make you an offer you just can't refuse.
3) Social engineering their way to top executives
4) Posting damaging information with a fake profile associated with a competitor
5) .... the list goes on, only limited by imagination
Simple Google "fake LinkedIn profile" and you will find numerous pages depicting the problem and offering tips for spotting a fake.
Here is one example : http://www.linkedstrategies.com/how-to-identify-a-fake-linkedin-profile-what-to-do-about-it/
Eric Parent is a senior security expert, specialized in coaching senior executives. He teaches CyberSecurity at l'Ecole Polytechnique University in Montreal, and is CEO of Logicnet/EVA-Technologies, one of Canada's oldest privately owned security companies.
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