Facebook users duped into revealing personal details due to spam and phishing messages

News by Dan Raywood

Users of popular social networking sites have been tricked into divulging personal information.

Users of popular social networking sites have been tricked into divulging personal information.

 

According to the Q1 2009 email threat report from Cyberoam that revealed that by exploiting the users' fear of finding scandalous images of themselves online, spammers sent wall posts proclaiming that such pictures have surfaced on Facebook.

 

Phishing messages, supposedly sent from friends in a financial bind to users, were also used, along with direct Twitter messages with photos related to them.

 

Abhilash Sonwane, vice president of product management at Cyberoam, said: “Attackers have confirmed once more that they work on both sides of the equation – user and the platform. They play on the emotions of users while exploiting loopholes on the platform being used.

 

“Used in combination, it is an effective way to propagate malware. While Cyberoam offers protection from evolving threats, we also recommend user education to effectively contain threats.”

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