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.
Millennials, the tech-savvy generation generally defined as anyone born in the 1980s or 1990s, have become the primary targets and victims of these attacks, said Doug Pollack of ID Experts, an identity protection firm.
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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