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Hackers Hack into Facebook and Twitter

Updated on January 4, 2012

Spam whams the Internet everyday and hour.Hackers hack into social networking sites inundating it with spam advertisements or viruses, users may not even be aware of it happening. The insidious malware infects a computer secretly allowing the spammer to take control over the social network account. Then, the spammer posts a message on your friend's profile with a free offer of something. Looks legit and innocent. So good, you click on the offer, which of course, takes you to a website instructing you to download the coupons. The "coupon" is the malware. Too late now! The malware does its thing and infects your computer and then allows the spammer to post the same offer again on your profile.

Once the deed has been done, the best way to remove it is to uninstall the malware from the web browser or use anti-virus software. The users can also alert others on facebook or twitter or social networks. The It guys can delete the link, however, spammers quickly create a new one and the process repeats.

It all started in May 2011, when Facebook was suddenly inundated with, " Check out this link for a FREE IPAD". Many people clicked on the banner and the malware spread rapidly as others saw it and clicked on it. This social spam appears as if it came from someone you know from your list of friends, so users feel safe clicking on the link. Because of the increase in spamming at FB, over 30 engineers look for it all the time and another 300 of them focus on user issues! In 2008, FB only had 4 engineers looking for spam. Twitter is much smaller, only 750 workers compare to FB's 3000. Twitter will have nine engineers looking for spam.

So, the moral of the story is: if the ad seems too good to be true-don't click on it. If the link comes from a friend your social network of friends, before you click, contact the friend and ask about the link OR just ignore it and be safe!

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      Charles James 

      6 years ago from Between New York and London

      Am not surprised @twitter getting hacked and a mal/spyware ad code dropped in, as their security is the pits. Twitters original API was built using Ruby On Rails, mostly client-side script. Later they switched to primarily Java, still very heavy client side. Injecting into Java or Jquery is not all that difficult, so if the hack finds a file who's permissions are not properly set....

      Am surprised @faceplant getting hacked, because the guys who built it are hacks. But, sometimes the gamer-phytes challenge each other to see who is more elite. Faceplant Open Graph API is very risky, regardless of what they say. {and now it seems nearly every site I visit says log in using Faceplant.} Yeats & Keating! This means major cross browser - cross domain data handling. Imagine going through the Holland Tunnel, it is that in between which hacks can hijack the protocol. I have seen the code and can tell you any level 1 hack can build a brilliant web based app to achieve mal/spyware measures. In fact, companies hire them to do just that. {ps, check your iPhones & Androids closely}. Hacks also know what browsers are most vulnerable -be it desktop or mobile. You would be surprised @ how much of your personal information is available -being legally harvested by programs, and who is buying that information @top dollar. James.

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      Mypath 

      6 years ago from California, USA

      Informative Hub. Yes, social network has increased the chance of of getting hit with spams,viruses and identity thefts.

      The number of engineers from FB and twitter looking after spam are very few. This is really disappointing. I guess onus of protecting your personal information and data on computer lies with the user. Keep your anti-virus and security update updated. Take frequent backup of your data. On social network be careful about sharing your information. I do not open attachments if I receive from a unknown source. Keep your browser updated.

      Thanks

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