SPAM ALOT

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So­cial net­work­ing sites take the brunt.

EMAIL spam is go­ing out of style with only 26 mil­lion spam mes­sages sent in De­cem­ber, com­pared to 56 mil­lion six months ear­lier.

Where have all the spam mers gone? Like the rest of us, spam mers are spend­ing more time on so­cial net­works than in their in­boxes.

So­cial net­work­ing has been steadily usurp­ing email as the pre­ferred method for per­sonal, in­for­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

With Face­book’s an­nounce­ment in May that it would al­low third party apps to ac­cess the user’s per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, you can rest as­sured that spam and phish­ing are only go­ing to be­come more com­mon.

Se­cu­rity soft­ware cor­po­ra­tion Sy­man­tec’s re­cent study found the 500 mil­lion ac­tive Face­book users are a new tar­get. Spam cam­paigns fol­low a cycli­cal pat­tern, with each at­tack last­ing 15 to 20 days, Sy­man­tec found.

Spam­mers ride a lu­cra­tive mal­ware wave un­til they are caught or their ac­counts are dis­abled and then move on to a new ac­count or a new net­work.

It’s not only Face­book either; ‘‘ click jack­ing’’ is a ma­li­cious tech­nique of trick­ing web users into re­veal­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion or tak­ing con­trol of their com­puter while click­ing on seem­ingly in­nocu­ous web pages.

It hap­pens on Twit­ter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and via email.

When Google+ launched, cy­ber crim­i­nals launched a global cam­paign us­ing the exclusive in­vites as link bait.

The emails re­sem­ble the same tem­plates used by Google but in­stead of em­bed­ding a link to Google+, the re­cip­i­ent is di­rected to a spam or virus site.

The best way to test this is to mouse over the em­bed­ded link and read the URL as­so­ci­ated.

If you click the link, you may fall prey to a drive-by mal­ware in­fec­tion ( these oc­cur just by vis­it­ing a par­tic­u­lar web­page). You can’t see who’s been view­ing your pro­file. There is no spi­der un­der her skin. The dad does not drop his baby to catch the ball.

There is no naked­ness to see here, folks, move along.

Don’t be­come a click ca­su­alty.

{ If you click the link, you may fall prey to a drive-by mal­ware in­fec­tion ( these oc­cur just by vis­it­ing a par­tic­u­lar web­page) }

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