Social media and email addresses have become vital elements of everyday life in the contemporary world, for both networking and businesses. And now, the two are among the primary avenues targeted by virtual wallet hackers.
According to data compiled by PEW Internet, over 75 percent of adults in the United States use social media, and with data-mining and third-party user behavioral targeting now a reality, the possibilities are immense for cyber-criminals. Just a few days ago, Google’s Director of Product Management, Mark Risher, who is also responsible for the anti-spam and cyber-security side of things on the network, talked aboutthe growing risk of falling victim to cyber-attacks.
He asserted that more people are getting their virtual cryptocurrency wallets hacked than before, noting that such incidences are usually traced back to a social media post that victims made about a topic, or on a public message board. Apparently, cyber-criminals monitor social media activity to determine a user’s interests. The next step would be to find a target’s primary email address.