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Cyber-criminals Abusing Users’ Faith in Social Networks

According to Norton the security company, cyber-criminals are currently exploiting the trust people place on social-networking websites by attacking their users at an increasing rate. Bcs published this on March 28, 2011.

Stated Senior Director Dan Nadir of Norton for consumer products, cyber crooks had discovered that people had a strong inclination for believing a web-link that their relatives or friends sent. HOSTWAY published this on March 28, 2011.

Moreover, with the starting of a new decade, there has occurred a divergence of cyber-crime as online assaults target other sectors too in addition to that of financial services, as well as malware chooses to target corporate employees over consumer desktops.

Says RSA in its 2011 Cyber-Crime Trends Report, government agencies and commercial organizations worldwide are finding malware a growing problem. This problem, which had been typically affecting financial institutions and consumers so far, has now shifted into the arena of business organizations for which several factors play, one being user-driven IT and social-networking websites in abundant use.

Consequently, there's more-and-more exposure of corporate networks to malicious programs, Trojans along with other threats, which are capable of causing security breaches and their resultant data compromises.

Elaborated Nadir that the after-effects could consist of losing one's bank balances, impairing of one's reputation, alternatively having malware loaded onto an end-user's PC. He added that the said assault could subsequently dispatch additional malware or junk e-mails to other people's computers. MyHermes published this on March 28, 2011.

Meanwhile, during 2010, cyber-criminals executed 'never like before' targeted and sophisticated assaults of a wide variety, including APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats) as varied as Night Dragon assaults against the world's energy sector, Stuxnet's invasion into crucial structures and the security breach of RSA's SecureID infrastructure. What's more, they replaced attacks against organizations' networks via unnamed assaults, while currently they aim at computer operators via phishing scams and social-networking web-links.

Says Senior Product Manager Kapil Raina at IronKey, businesses and governments should waste no more time in evaluating their ways of safeguarding infrastructures and end-users from the above type of fresh assaults. MarketWire published this on March 28, 2011.

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