If your computers have been attacked by virus, did you ever wonder why and where those worms come from? The usual suspects that will pop up in the mind are – from file sharing, clicking on suspicious links, hanging online with an unsavory crowd and so forth to cause turns out getting a virus. Or in the worse case, having your identity or credit card information stolen, it can happen through no fault of your own.
Commtouch released their quarterly Internet Threats Trend Report and though spam is at a three-year low, Facebook attacks are on the rise.
Accompanying the report, there is an infographic (see below) present a comprehensive analysis of scores of malicious Facebook activities during the past year, as identified by Commtouch Labs. The report investigates the three stages of Facebook attacks: Social engineering tricks, how attacks spread between friends, and how cybercriminals benefit from the attacks.
Since Facebook’s security blocks millions of malicious links a day, scammers have turned to social engineering in order to wreck havoc. As you’ll see in the infographic below, scammers use offers of free gifts, celebrity news headlines and new app links to entice people to click. These same people then use the “like” and “share” buttons to spread the scam to all of their followers.
In the study, Commtouch found that 74% of these links lead to phony affiliate marketing or survey sites. Some cyber crooks use these sites to generate affiliate income. Others use them to collect data or trick people into signing up for a recurring payment on their credit card. Unfortunately, people really do enter their card information into these sites, that’s really sad.
Even though 2011 is over, but this Facebook attacks informative graphic do help you to keep in mind of what you can do to avoid them. So heed the warnings and save yourself a big headache in 2012. Stay online safe!