Its not just Wall Street giants like Goldman Sachs that see dollar signs hovering over Facebook. Spammers are hopping on the social networking giant to fool users, according to a report from security firm Cloudmark.
Spammers are using botnets to send a barrage of malicious e-mail spam that mimic e-mails from social networking sites.
Messages from seemingly close-knit social networks have a greater upside for attackers than old-school e-mail blasts that may not be opened. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter breed trust, with users choosing their friends. That makes it more likely that a spammed e-mail message from a social netwok who their friend is and who they follow.