Images, videos, and audios posted by users may also contain sensitive biometric patterns that cybercriminals can misuse. A report by Trend Micro warns of this.
A posted photo, video or audio file is not only interesting for followers, but it can also be used by cybercriminals to steal biometric patterns like fingerprints or even deceptively create real fake photos. A report issued by Trend Micro, a Japanese IT security company, warns of this.
Ultimately, Trend Micro wants to draw attention to these risks by studying and stimulating dialogue in the IT and IT security community on how to avoid such risks.
Concrete attack scenarios
There are already many attack scenarios that show how threat actors can use stolen or leaked vital data. For example, personal data can be used to create fake images and even influence opinion polls or elections, it is said.
Cybercriminals will also be able to authenticate fraudulent transactions, fake accounts, or online purchases.
Additionally, according to Trend Micro, connected devices such as virtual or augmented reality headsets pose a threat, and can be used as a tool to bypass authentication systems. Since anyone able to pretend to be a real person can easily gain access to online bank accounts, transactions with cryptocurrency, or highly sensitive company data, the IT security professional keeps writing.