- Internet & the Web
Hackers Hack into Facebook and Twitter
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!