12 May '11, 7am

Cyber scams rife among social networks: Microsoft

Cyber scams rife among social networks: Microsoft

'The popularity of social networking sites has created new opportunities for cyber criminals to not only directly impact users, but also friends, colleagues and family through impersonation,' the report said. -- PHOTO: AFP SAN FRANCISCO - SOCIAL networks are 'lucrative hot beds' for cyber scams as crooks endeavour to dupe members of online communities, according to a Microsoft security report released on Thursday. 'Phishing' attacks that use seemingly legitimate messages to trick people into clicking on booby-trapped links, buying bogus software, or revealing information rocketed 1,200 per cent at social networks last year, it said. 'We continue to see cyber criminals evolve attack methods such as a significant rise in social network phishing,' Microsoft malware protection centre manager Vinny Gullotto said in the Security Intelligence Report. Phishing using social network...

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