When talking about social media threats, the focus tends to be on the notorious KOOBFACE malware, which has recently turned a “new leaf” and now propagates via peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. However, KOOBFACE is not the only threat that hounds social media. These social networking sites also have features that can become threat vectors. A seemingly harmless wall post from a friend, a video shared by an online contact, or an instant message from a colleague can potentially lead to an attack.
These features are meant to make socializing effective and meaningful. However, they have also been used by cybercriminals in their attacks. In Facebook, the wall is the riskiest region of the user interface. Cybercriminals have concocted several threats leveraging popular news items such as the deaths of Osama bin Laden and singer Amy Winehouse; even the hoax that is Lady Gaga’s death.
To give avid users a rundown of potential threats they may encounter, here’s an infographic by Trend Micro on the current landscape or geography of social media threats.
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