In this blog, we explore how scammers are having success phishing on SMS/messaging and chat apps, as well as social media platforms. Learn how to mitigate threats.
Social media attacks are cyber attacks launched through social networking platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Attackers are drawn to social media platforms as they are filled with soft targets, are easy and cost effective to use, are simple to create fraudulent accounts and allow the spread of malicious content at an unprecedented scale and efficiency.
It’s hard to imagine unsolicited spam getting any more annoying. One way would be to receive it from three different sources and at the same time, which is precisely the type of hybrid spam campaign zveloLABS™ recently unearthed.
Online advertising spending in the U.S. is on the rise. In the first quarter of 2011 alone, companies that sold online advertising reportedly surpassed $7 billion in revenue.1 Unfortunately, social engineering scams on Facebook also continue to thrive.2 How are the two related? Unsolicited Facebook spam in the form of status updates is actively infiltrating the social networking giant and aimed at tricking users into visiting websites ridden with survey scams and pop-up advertising, as is the case in the following analysis of a real-world example. This trend will continue to degrade the credibility of the online advertising industry and could possibly taint the images of the brands that these spam campaigns are targeting.
A new twitter spam campaign is making rounds, infecting users with rogue anti-virus malware. The spam mail attempts to convince the user that someone was trying to steal their Twitter account information, and to download a “secure module” to protect their account.
The newest phishing scam on Twitter has snared thousands of users hoping to increase their number of followers. Instead, users are sent off to a phishing page where cybercriminals steal their Twitter logins using them to generate more spam.
zveloLABS™ is warning customers today of a new email scam circulating very quickly. These fraudulent emails claim to be from Google Staffing, Hallmark, Twitter as well as other social networks and legitimate businesses.
A fresh twitter phishing campaign is underway and using both tweets and direct messages to spread. The messages contain text such as “hah, I think I seen u on here” and “wow you look different on here” together with a link to a video.