‘Sophos’ which is an Internet security company states that the cyber criminals enlarged their attacks at a frightening rate during 2009, making users of Twitter and Facebook susceptible to malware, spam and identity theft.
Sophos, while conducting a poll of 500 company participants discovered that malware and spam attacks through social networking websites leaped 70% during 2009. The report was over 50% of survey respondents was targeted by spam and 36% reported of being attacked by malware, both through social-networking websites.
The reason for such a high increase was that the people were using social networks for longer periods and shared their valuable and confidential private information with other visitors. This paved way for the hackers to sniff such data to make money, as reported by The Hindu on February 2, 2010.
Furthermore, the report finds that 72% of the responding companies are worried about employees’ surfing habits on social-networking websites that can cause danger to their businesses by putting corporate data and infrastructure at risk.
On being asked, which social-networking website in their judgment accounted for the furthermost online risk, 60% of them mentioned Facebook, 18% MySpace, 17% -Twitter and 4% -LinkedIn.
They further contented that attacks via social networks were pretty lower than malware and spam attacks executed through e-mails, the volume of social networking assaults during January-December 2009 was high enough to cause worry, as reported by V3 on February 2, 2010.
They also added that while people were scanning their e-mails for Trojans and spam, social-networking websites worked as another medium for attacking business. Finally the conclusion was users tended to click on web-links with a belief that they had come from someone known on the social network.
According to security researchers, the social-networking websites are humanizing their tracking down and blocking systems. They still believe that these websites and their inestimable members should step up their action additional for self defense against well-organized cyber-crime as well as against the danger of being maltreated by malware attacks, scams and identity theft.