A study of malicious attacks on Facebook presented at Virus Bulletin 2011

by Maria Revilla (Commtouch),

Tags: Security

URL : http://www.virusbtn.com/conference/vb2011/abstracts/Revilla.xml

Summary : " Social networking sites have, beyond doubt, made it into today's popular culture. They have apparently become the
primary resource for the masses when it comes to socializing for the sole reason that they generally measure up to what
the modern populace claim to demand - something fast, easy and accessible. Facebook is a perfect example.
Facebook has become undeniably popular. With 600 million users to date, it could considerably be the most widely used
social networking site in the last decade. People patronize Facebook for its simple, but rather functional features,
which range from public messaging through wall posts and private messaging, to sharing photos, videos and URL links, to
gaming, and even popularization and advertisements. It even makes a good online outlet for thoughts in the form of 'status
updates' which can be changed as often as one wishes. With its popularity and effectiveness, Facebook has also become a hot spot for attackers. Over the years, social
engineering has been reported to effectively spread malware which are hard to prevent especially granted that they are
designed to trick the human thinking.
Having stated these facts, this paper will seek to study the social engineering attacks that have been identified to
spread malware through Facebook. By tracking down the distribution methods/mechanisms for spreading malware, and
the current preventive and defensive measures, this paper aims to give an insight on what challenges are being faced in
terms of protecting users."