Eventually week’s Sunday lunch while discussing my recent post on Sarah Palin’s email hack, a friend asked me how vulnerable celebrities were to being hacked. It had been quite coincidental that few hours later the face area book account of the French President Nicholas Sarkozy was hacked into and posted with the message “Dear compatriots, given the exceptional circumstances our country is experiencing, I decided within my spirit and conscience not to operate for office again by the end of my mandate in 2012.” This is not the initial successful hacking attempt from the President of France. In 2008, President Sarkozy filed a complaint with the authorities following withdrawals of “small levels of money” from his personal Parisian bank account. It’s alleged that the amount of money was used to set up cell phone subscriptions. Interestingly the President was a prey of a mass Phishing attack, presumable a fake email linking to a fraudulent bank site where he entered his bank account and password, and not specifically targeted.
Celebrities all over the world are specifically targeted for their status, riches and fanaticisms of an area of fans. Beside compromised гидра онион email, twitter, face book accounts they are vulnerable to cybersquating (where their domain name is bought out by another individual) and malicious attachments in fan mail. In several cases celebrity accounts have already been hacked through back end systems of social networks.
Celebrity’s lives are open books with a substantial level of detail about personal life and sexual preferences. This detail makes it easier for a hacker to guess passwords, answers to secret questions or send a credential stealing malware.
When a celebrity account is hacked the normal reward for returning your website to the first owner carries a demand for cash, sex or nude pictures.
Recommendation for Celebrities
Celebrities who use social media like Twitter and Facebook to talk with fans, in many cases hire media firms to handle these accounts. It is essential to ensure that the media firms who employ teams with use of the celebrity’s account and private data protect its confidentiality through the use of security best practices
For celebrities who manage their particular social media, it is essential to recognize the heightened risk and ensure passwords employed for online accounts are strong (certainly not the name of your pet dog as a remedy to your secret question) and to follow safe principles while downloading Internet content or attachments in fan email. I would recommend the use of a separate desktop solely for updating social network sites and another for fan mail and Internet downloads.
Recommendation for Individuals
Fake celebrity sites are plentiful on the Internet. In times of an important celebrity event including the death of Michael Jackson security experts observe a rise in fake sites with celebrity news and content made to attract users with the only real intent behind infecting user desktops with malicious content to send spam or steal credentials. It’s preferable to learn celebrity news on reputed sites and restrict opening attachments in chain mails or downloading from unknown websites. Attachments vary from wall papers to presentation.Read More