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GFI Software Declares Social-Networking Websites Prominent Attack Target

GFI Software declared the ten most-widespread malicious programs listed for May 2011 on June 9, 2011. Reportedly, it marked the month as having several survey scams on Facebook luring visitors with airline tickets available for free along with unique video clips about the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Reportedly, in its study GFI further discovered that scareware scams were constantly targeting Internet users who were also encountering threats from a fake website for Brad Pitt fans.

Said Senior Threat Researcher Christopher Boyd at GFI Software, surveys proved a growing technique for camouflaging varieties of security dangers prowling the social-networking websites, especially, Facebook. Sourcewire.com reported this on June 9, 2011.

Boyd further said that scamsters had as well enhanced their capability for instantly exploiting hot news to wage their assaults. Such exploitation of developing and breaking news items helped them to catch end-users suddenly, he continued.

Reiterated Boyd, end-users must forever remain aware of promises to provide sensational content and freebies, while also remember to never share their financial or other personal information on the Internet except if they were straight away interacting with a familiar, trustworthy and safe website, not any Twitter or Facebook message asserting that it represented an established organization/business, the researcher added. Infosecurity.com reported this on June 9, 2011.

A careful study of GFI Software's paper ultimately discloses that Internet fraudsters happen to utilize multiple baits to make users answer such surveys. If non-priced merchandises are offered they frequently serve to so defraud end-users that they voluntarily repost messages onto personal Facebook profiles that subsequently divert their pals onto that same survey.

Moreover, the analysis shows that at best, anybody putting inputs into the survey is sure to get huge amounts of junk e-mails, while at worst, if he divulges any private detail, ID-thieves are sure to exploit it, with the person's computer made to contract infection from an arbitrary malware.

Eventually, among the ten most-prevalent malware families listed for May 2011 in the report are Trojan.Win32.Generic on No.1 and accounting for 22.51% of all malware followed with Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak! (3.79%) and Trojan.Win32.Generic! (3.73%) ranked as No.2 and 3 respectively.

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