SpywareHammer is a great new anti-spyware forum. They went live in September 2008 and currently have over 2000 registered members. The experts will happily assist you with malware removal and more. They have HJT, Rootkit Removal, Hardware, and Software troubleshooting. Bugbatter is an Administrator at SpywareHammer and a fellow Microsoft Consumer Security MVP. She has created a dedicated forum for Social Media Security at SpywareHammer. Her latest two posts highlighted Facebook and were from the article excerpts below.
Fraudsters Create Hundreds of Thousands of Facebook Clones to Target Users at Work
SAN DIEGO, CA, May 13, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) today released the results of new research conducted by Websense Security Labs™ that reveals a growing domain-name cloning trend among cybercriminals seeking to take advantage of the huge number of social networking users, particularly those using Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
Criminals are increasingly using domain names that include words like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, with no official connection to the real sites, to trick unsuspecting visitors to visit fake Web sites and lure them to input sensitive information or download malicious code. In fact, Websense Security Labs research indicates that in a research sample taken from the Websense URL database, more than 200,000 phony copycat sites were found, all using the terms Facebook, MySpace or Twitter in their URLs. Examples similar to samples found include, unblock.facebookproxy.com, buy.viagra.twitter.1234.com or hotbabesofmyspace999.com (note these are just sample site names that are similar to the sites researchers found).
Further research shows that the hackers are taking steps to create these cloned domains to circumvent security measures put in place by organizations to filter the original domain in a business setting. Many of the domains are proxy avoidance sites which are used to try to evade traditional Web filtering technology.
by Jessica Lee May 13th, 2009
Now that everyone from family to colleagues are connecting on Facebook, how do you continue sharing freely while maintaining your privacy and reputation in the years to come?
Facebook allows users to customize their privacy settings at a granular level, but a surprisingly low percentage of users actively manage their privacy settings. Many users who complain about the lack of privacy on Facebook aren’t even aware of the privacy configurations available to them. Below, Inside Facebook guides you through all the steps you need to know to protect your privacy on Facebook.
While these articles are about FaceBook, the discussions can cover any Social Media applications. I will see a news article and go to post it only to find that Bugbatter has beaten me to it. Keep up the great work! Please feel free to register at SpywareHammer and comment, discuss any concerns, contribute your own lessons learned, or ask questions.