Social media has become a top target of hackers and mobile devices are expanding that target, IBM reported on Tuesday in its X-Force 2013 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report.
Attacks on enterprises are getting increasingly sophisticated, the report said. Some attacks studied by IBM researchers were opportunistic — exploiting unpatched and untested web applications vulnerable to basic SQL injection or cross-site scripting.
Others were successful, the report continued, because they violated the basic trust between end user and sites or social media personalities thought to be safe and legitimate.
“Social media has become a new playground for attackers,” said Kevin Skapinetz, program director for product strategy for IBM Security Systems.