According to the San Francisco Cronicle, hackers are simplifying their methods of baiting people into clicking on infected links.
The latest trend is: A message pops up on LinkedIn, offering a job, which looks appealing and in the prospect's area of interest. A link appears to an online application that asks many of the usual questions.
As job applications and professional interactions move primarily online, so do cyber-criminals who are aiming to turn a profit. Cyber security experts who track rising threats online said they’ve noticed a new trend recently: hackers using fake job postings to dupe people into giving up their full names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and more.
That’s not typical. Usually, it’s older, less technology-literate users who fall victim to such attacks.
“This is an interesting phenom because you’re dealing with a demographic that is very used to putting their lives online,” Pollack said. “So despite the threats, people in that demographic are much more likely to be very transparent with a lot of personal information and not as paranoid as, say, people in an older generation who aren’t used to being headhunted online.”
These attacks have a high rate of success, experts said, in no small part because there is an implicit level of trust around job applications and using a familiar tool, like LinkedIn, to connect with strangers.
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