Security firms warn that the popularity of social networking makes it a preferred target for Hackers seeking vital individual data. ‘It ‘s been a pretty bad week for Social networking in general,’ said Rik Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro.
Facebook has been hit by five separate issues in the early week of the month. By creating fake messages padded with details of Facebook members, hackers are capitalizing on the trust and social links that drive the networks. The rogue applications on Facebook tries to steal saleable information from the profiles of those who open it. One malicious application tried to trick members into adding it by claiming that their contacts were having problems looking at their profile. If the application is added, it spam itself to every Facebook friend the member has.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at anti-virus software developers SOPHOS, in a Blog post stated, ‘ that one of the problems of social networking sites, Facebook in particular, is that it allows anybody to write applications and such third party apps are not vetted for, before they are released to the public. It’s a growing trend, though surprisingly, it took so long before social networking sites are targeted.
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