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September 17, 2010

Social networks riddled with malicious pages

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by Janet Harris

Security firm AVG has discovered 19,491 compromised web pages on 50 social networking sites, with 11,701 of these on Facebook alone.

Cybercriminals are stealing log-in details and can then access profiles and post fake status message.

AVG found that the under-25s are most at risk of having their details stolen, with many of them failing to log out of the sites when they leave.

The company has launched a campaign to educate students about status jacking, including two videos featuring comedienne Holly Burns.

In related news, research from Panda Security found that one-third of the SMBs it surveyed had been infected by malware and viruses spread via social networks.

Again, Facebook accounted for the highest number of infections, followed by YouTube and Twitter.

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