A MINEFIELD OF MALICIOUSNESS is the best way of describing social networks it seems, with over 20,000 compromised webpages having been found at such websites.
AVG is warning users of social notworking services to be on their guard after its research uncovered the 20,000 odd compromised pages, 11,701 of which are on the world's largest social network, Facebook. The insecurity outfit also found that Youtube has 7,163 compromised pages.
"The fact that we found almost 20,000 compromised web pages should make social media users sit up and take notice," said Tony Anscombe, AVG's head of free products. "And in particular, it is the audience most active on these sites, the under 25s, who are most at risk."
In related news, security firm Websense warned users of a new spam campaign containing malicious links and attachments that can infect a user's PC with the data stealing Zeus Trojan.
"This is a great example of a blended threat that covers all attack angles - web, email and file based - which steals your data to boot," said Carl Leonard, senior manager at Websense Security Labs. µ
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