According to security experts, social networking sites, rather than email, are now the most favored platform for spammers to peddle their unsolicited links, as reported by Bloomberg.
This is partially due to the fact that email spam filters have become so effective that tens of billions of spam messages are now being diverted to social media sites instead, according to Dan Olds of Gabriel Consulting Group.
Russia has climbed up the global spam rating and now ranks third internationally and first in Europe, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report.
The country’s ever-increasing hacker activity also took Russia up to sixth place in the global Internet malware activity rating. Last year, the country was tenth. Among the top five are the US, China, India, Brazil, and Germany.
Kasperksy today discovered a new spam campaign on Twitter pushing fake antivirus software. Since it is still ongoing, the numbers for it are likely much higher than what the security firm first reported: 540 compromised Twitter accounts sent out 4148 tweets, linking to a total of 44 unique domains (most of them hosted on .tk and .tw1.su).
A quick search on Twitter shows that the scam is still rampant. Here are a handful of tweets I saw while writing this article, to give you an idea of what the spam looks like:
Pinterest, the new scrapbook style social networking site has been all the rage recently and spammers have been quick to hop on as well.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has accused Warner Brothers Entertainment of using a flawed computer program to send out takedown notices without proper oversight.