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Facebook Helps FBI Bring Down Butterfly Botnet
2012-12-12 14:19:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Like any other destination online, Facebook can be a very dangerous place. Aside from their ever-shifting privacy policies and settings, their more than 1 billion users are quite attractive to those given to cyber thievery. Scams are nothing new to Facebook users, and to the social giant´s credit, they work very hard to keep criminals away from their site. Today, it was announced that Facebook had a hand in helping the...

Ramnit Worm Steals 45,000 Facebook Log-Ins
2012-01-06 09:27:55

A computer worm spreading on Facebook is stealing login credentials and associated email addresses acting as a back door to allow hackers to gain access to the infected computers, reports John Leyden for The Register. Experts from online security firm Seculert, who found the controller node, have supplied Facebook with a list of the stolen credentials, primarily from France and the UK, found on the server. Ramnit was identified in April 2010 and is known to infect Windows executables,...

2010-07-12 11:00:00

CUPERTINO, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Even though more workplaces are regulating social networking sites, employees are finding ways around security roadblocks, making social networking a way of office-life around the world. Trend Micro's 2010 corporate end user survey, which included 1600 end users(1) in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan, found that globally, social networking at the workplace steadily rose from 19 percent in 2008 to 24 percent in 2010(2). The highest surge of...

2010-01-14 08:00:00

Facebook just added McAfee to its friends list in a big way by announcing a year-long partnership with the security firm that will allow all 350 million Facebookers to download a free six-month subscription to McAfee's security software. But to get the free subscription, McAfee's Facebook page requires users to first become a "fan" of the company. As with all fan pages, the move is posted to users' news feeds for their friends to see "” an easy way to gain even more fans. Facebook users...

2009-07-30 10:50:00

Internet criminals are being increasingly drawn to social networks like Facebook and MySpace due to the relative ease of gathering personal information. Experts have warned of a virus known as Koobface, which has targeted users on Facebook and microblogging site Twitter. Asier Martinez, a security specialist at global IT solutions provider Panda Security, told AFP that Koobface has "been very significant and it has been detected in 4,000 different variants." Koobface works by taking control...

2009-03-02 13:45:00

Security experts said on Monday that hackers have attempted to steal valuable data from Facebook users, as the popular social network site has been hit by five separate security problems in the last seven days. Malicious hackers are capitalizing on the trust and social links that drive the network by creating fake messages using details of Facebook members, experts told BBC News. Rik Ferguson, a senior security advisor at Trend Micro, said it has been a pretty bad week for social networking...

2008-12-05 10:50:00

A virus dubbed as "Koobface" is infiltrating Facebook's 120 million users by using the social network's messaging system to infect PCs, and get credit card numbers.This is the most recent attempt of hackers looking to take advantage of users on social network sites."A few other viruses have tried to use Facebook in similar ways to propagate themselves," Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said in an e-mail. He said a "very small percentage of users" had been affected by these viruses"It is on...

2008-10-07 21:00:21

By TENLEY WOODMAN Music brought people to MySpace, but is it enough to keep them there? Numbers for unique visitors to MySpace dropped in May as Facebook's rose, according to comScore statistics from May. Facebook boasts more than 120 million unique, worldwide visitors, and MySpace trails behind at approximately 115 million. Social networking analyst David Card of Jupiter Research in New York said users shouldn't count MySpace out just yet. "MySpace and Facebook are both here to...

2008-08-28 06:00:36

By Miguel Helft On the Internet, popularity often draws the attention of hackers. So it is not surprising that Facebook has become the target of a spate of attacks, just as the membership on the site has swelled to about 100 million active users worldwide. In recent days, many Facebook users have seen a sharp increase in spam, some of it pretty racy. Over the weekend, several Facebook users contacted this newspaper saying that their accounts appeared to have been hijacked, and some said...

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