Spammers Moving to Social Networks

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. 

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.

While these tactics aren’t new by any measure, with post-holiday spam levels continuing to gain steam, these alternative methods will likely persist.

Read more on this at Help
Net Security.

 

  The past few weeks have brought a confusion of different reports. Leading anti spam vendors, including Cisco and Commtouch, noted a sharp drop-off in spam e-mail volume at the end of 2010. That was believed to be connected to the takedown of the spam-spewing botnet Rustock

Depending on which news source you’re consulting, spam may be as bad as ever, or fast disappearing from the NETThe days of e-mail spam aren’t necessarily numbered but it’s clear that spammers have relished the move to social networking and mobile messaging, according to a Help Net Security article that talked with Jamie Tomasello, Abuse Operations Manager at Cloudmark.

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