Social Networking Security


Applicants Coerced Into Surfing Facebook While Employers Watch

If you want to get that slick job you’ve been gunning for, you might have to suffer a bit of snooping.  According to recent news reports, employers are increasingly asking applicants for jobs to submit their user credentials or asking to watch while applicants peruse their own social media account. 

Scammers Hop On Social Media Darling Pinterest

If the folks behind the photo sharing Web site Pinterest were looking for some validation that their fledgelings social media site had “arrived,” they got it this weekend, after scammers jumped on the site and used it to direct Pinterest users to survey scam Web sites.

Facebook Allowing VIPs To Verify Accounts, Use Nicknames

Lady Gaga and Carrothead rejoice: with a tweak of its ‘real name’ policy, Facebook will allow high profile members to verify their account and begin using nicknames or pseduonym to identify themselves. The company says the new feature will allow celebrities and other Facebook VIPs to get higher billing on Facebook and attract more followers.


As Facebook’s population has grown from thousands to millions to hundreds of millions, security has come to be an even greater concern. In recent years, the company has had to respond to threats ranging from spam to Facebook-specific malware like Koobface, all the while keeping scammers and identity thieves at bay.

Members of LinkedIn who clicked on fake connection requests sent users to a Website that displayed “PLEASE
WAITING…4 SECONDS” before redirecting them to Google. During those 4
seconds, the Website downloaded Zeus data-theft malware onto their PCs. Read the full article. [eWEEK]

A developer figured out that Foursquare had a privacy leak because of how it published user check-ins on web pages for each location. He logged 875,000 in San Francisco. Foursquare is aware of the bug. Read the full article. [Wired]

A vulnerability on Facebook forced hundreds of thousands of users to
endorse a series of webpages over the holiday weekend, making the social
networking site the latest venue for an attack known as clickjacking. Read the full article. [The Register]

A new report shows malware attacks through Web 2.0 applications continue to be the largest
concern for IT professionals with 69% of organizations reporting at least
one Web 2.0-related attack. Fourteen percent report data leakage over social networks and 18%
indicate incidents occurring over social networks where disciplinary
action was required. Read the full article. [Help Net Security]

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