Identity Theft Through Social Networking Sites

1: Identity theft through social networking sites (social engineering),
data mining through social networking sites by cyber criminals.

Understanding the Identity Concept
in the Context of Digital Social Environments1

Thierry Nabeth
INSEAD CALT (the Centre for Advanced Learning Technologies)

This paper analyses the concept of identity in the context of the different categories of digital social environments, and for each of them identifies some of the identity issues and illustrate them with an example. It emphasis in this context the importance of the social identity (an abstracted identity representing how people are perceived by others, and which includes concepts such as reputation, behavioral transparency) and indicates the implications of social mechanisms and its role for the management of identity. Importanttly, and contrary to the offline-world, the trace of this “implicit identity” can be recorded in the digital space, be accessible to human agents, or mined and exploited by automatic mechanisms.

“Online social networking services (OSN) represented the latest avatar of the “Internet revolution” (Braunschweig, 2003) … before the blogging phenomenon took over this “title”. Socialware are services that are helping individuals to manage and develop their social relationships. Social capital represents indeed a critical element of individual performance in the knowledge economy characterized by less institutional stability and fewer reliable corporate resources (Nardi, 2000) and in which the individual has to behave more autonomous intervene in a number of domains (Li, 2004; Leonard, 2004): friendship (with, business relationships (with LinkedIn, Ryze), jobs (Borzo, 2004), community of interest (Orkut, Tribe), etc. To some...