Even with all the advancements in social networking and security, we still need to be careful. The increasing number of attacks is dismaying. To borrow a line from Lemony Snicket, “The world is not a nice place.”

clipped from www.webuser.co.uk

Social networks such as Facebook were one of the main targets of cybercriminals this year, according to security experts.

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According to MessageLabs, sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo present rich pickings for cybercriminals as many people give away a lot of personal information in their profiles.

“The rapid adoption rate of social networking sites such as Facebook has inevitably been exploited by cybercriminals intent on adding the content in these sites to their portfolio of tools,” said Mark Sunner, chief security analyst at MessageLabs.

“As we have seen in the past, mass adoption of new communication or web-based tools is often followed by a rise in the number of threats against it and the ‘Facebook’ effect will present new challenges to corporate and personal online security,” Sunner said.

MessageLabs’ assessment comes on the same day
a Russian-made bot that has infiltrated online dating sites.