BrandProtect recently trained our threatSMART platform on the social media presence of Fortune 100 CEOs to understand the breadth of one of social engineers' key exploits -- executive masquerades. Executive masquerades are an essential component of one the most damaging classes of modern attacks -- the BEC attack. We focused our investigation on LinkedIn and Twitter profiles and activity.
We were surprised by what we found...
Fortune 100 CEOs are among the most respected names in business. They are also among the most careful participants in the online world. If this elite group is a target, the potential for masquerading at all levels of a company and in all industries would theoretically be much higher.
Among the subset of Fortune 100 CEOs who maintain a LinkedIn profile, our review found that more than 15% are represented online by two or more LinkedIn profiles.
We looked on Twitter, too, and there, the numbers are worse. Among the subset of Fortune 100 CEOs who maintain a personal Twitter presence, almost 40% are plagued with duplicate Twitter accounts.