Security issues in online social networks

Hongyu Gao*, Jun Hu, Tuo Huang, Jingnan Wang, Yan Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article surveys the current state of security issues and available defense mechanisms regarding popular online social networks. It covers a wide variety of attacks and the corresponding defense mechanisms, if available. The authors organize these attacks into four categories - privacy breaches, viral marketing, network structural attacks, and malware attacks - and focus primarily on privacy concerns. They offer an in-depth discussion of each category and analyze the connections among the different security issues involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5740826
Pages (from-to)56-63
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Internet Computing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • malware attacks
  • online social networks
  • privacy
  • security
  • structural attacks
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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