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Exploits Propagated Via Social Media Increase 28

Posted by CmdrTaco
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Orome1 writes "Infection via email, traditionally the most popular vector for spreading malware, has declined in favor of greater use of social media. These include clickjacking attacks using the Facebook 'Like' button, fake Web pages positioned on search engines (BlackHat SEO), and zero-day vulnerability exploits. The rise in popularity of smart phones powered by Google's Android operating system for smart phones has been accompanied by an increase in attacks targeting these devices. A number of different threats have appeared, primarily aimed at racking up phone bills or using the geolocalization function to transmit a user's position to a third party."
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Exploits Propagated Via Social Media Increase

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  • by savanik (1090193) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @05:48PM (#33753424)

    And here I am with an android phone that's running 1.5 because the vendor refuses to release any more updates for this 1-year old model of phone.

    Oh, wait, that's right, I already rooted and upgraded to 2.2. Nevermind.

  • Today the guys trying to force Seattle to give away public park land to a Chihulhy museum hacked the social media SLOG site poll to "fix" a poll that was going heavily against them.

    Link as follows: Chihulhy.com hacks SLOG poll as they lose to Tiger Breeding option [strn.gr]

    Very sad.

    But the Android OS holes and exploits are more likely due to it's popularity amongst tech geeks.

    In my personal experience, most people prefer the iPhone, but I always say if you're a tech geek, you should opt for the Android instead, cause

  • They're really deceiving.

  • Bounce around much? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Galestar (1473827) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @06:18PM (#33753708)
    The title of TFA is "E-mail infections decline as exploits propagated via social media increase"

    yet it likes to bounce around to

    "The rise in popularity of smart phones powered by Google's Android operating system for smart phones has been accompanied by an increase in attacks targeting these devices."

    Then to

    There has also been a great deal of commotion around two serious zero-day flaws in Microsoft OS code, one of which was exploited to attack SCADA systems (specifically in, nuclear power stations).

    This article really has nothing to say about the rise of use of social media as a vector, other than mentioning the recent twitter exploits--in the last paragraph. Why did this article make it to the front page again?

    • Why did this article make it to the front page again?

      Because it falls right in line with the, "We're all screwed. The world is going to end. Tomorrow is worse than yesterday. The fall of civilization is on the horizon. DOD has adopted perl as its primary nuclear arsenal launch control language..." theme that is so prevalent in news these days.

    • Yet another example of how the editing of this website is solely focused on adviews, and nothing else. I'm looking for a new website, as are quite a few others. Any ideas?
  • Zero Day Exploits don't seem to have anything to do with Social Media, even though thrown thrown in as a subcategory.

  • Duh (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Spad (470073) <slashdot@NOsPam.spad.co.uk> on Thursday September 30, 2010 @06:35PM (#33753856) Homepage

    People with nefarious goals target massively popular services with shitty security and largely uninformed users. Film at 11.

  • by Idiomatick (976696) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @07:06PM (#33754114)
    "The rise in popularity of smart phones powered by Google's Android operating system for smart phones has been accompanied by an increase in attacks targeting these devices."

    In other news, the rise in people having unprotected sex resulted in a rise in pregnancies.

    And a rise in the number of boaters has increased the number of boating accidents.
  • by ls -la (937805) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @07:24PM (#33754258) Journal
    In true slashdot fashion, I haven't RTFA. However, I see a number of people saying the article mentions attacks targeted at social media, android phones, and microsoft. As I don't use any of these, I would like to tell the hackers: Great! Keep up the good work.
  • No way! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by RocketRabbit (830691)

    I say no way! Nobody could be pirating my clicks. /drools and goes back to raising virtual pigs and sending virtual gifts to virtually unknown "friends."

  • Comment Count (Score:3, Insightful)

    by cosm (1072588) <thecosm3@nospaM.gmail.com> on Thursday September 30, 2010 @09:36PM (#33755046)
    As of posting I see 21 comments for this story, ~5 hours after its initial posting. Conclusion: Nobody cares and/or nobody empathizes with those affected by said malicious exploits propagated via social media.

    Hell, if anything, I call it digital natural selection. Taking out the weak and ignorant one Like at a time.
    • by thijsh (910751)

      Hell, if anything, I call it diggital natural selection. Taking out the weak and ignorant one Like at a time.

      FTFY

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