Security researchers at Trustwave have released a new open-source tool that uses facial recognition technology to locate targets across numerous social media networks on a large scale.
Dubbed Social Mapper, the facial recognition tool automatically searches for targets across eight social media platforms, including—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, the Russian social networking site VKontakte, and China’s Weibo and Douban—based on their names and pictures.
The tool’s creators claim they developed Social Mapper intelligence-gathering tool predominantly to help pen testers and red teamers with social engineering attacks.
Although the searches of names and pictures can already be performed manually, Social Mapper makes it possible to automate such scans far faster and “on a mass scale with hundreds or thousands of individuals” at once.
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