For Viral Crooks, Social Networks Are Prime Targets – NYTimes.com

Once it was the odd email that caused us the embarrassment and potential damage of hijacking from spammers and other more malicious. Now social media with it’s multiple linkages can increase this risk almost exponentially and with little or no indication to the owner of the hijacked account. Whilst some of the attacks are relatively benign others increasingly are becoming much more insidious. This article from the New York Times includes some interesting case studies.

It used to be that computer viruses attacked only your hard drive. Now they attack your dignity. Malicious programs are rampaging through Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, spreading themselves by taking over people’s accounts and sending out messages to all of their friends and followers. The result is that people are inadvertently telling their co-workers and loved ones how to raise their I.Q.’s or make money instantly, or urging them to watch an awesome new video in which they star.

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