Monday, July 20, 2009

Phishing Attacks Continue to Plague Social Networks

Techcrunch reports on the latest social networking phishing attack developing on Myspace. Proceed with caution on social networking sites, they may not be as secure as many users think.

What are phishing attacks? Wikipedia has the simple answer. Internet lawyers know that phishing can result in serious harm such as identity theft which leads to financial ruin for many. Social networking sites seem to be the perfect target for phishing because users often have a false sense of security and trust. Many times, phishers (the bad guys) can take advantage by posing as a trusted friend or familiar profile. Be wary of weird or strangely titled messages from social networking "friends". If a message makes no sense, it's probably from an imposter.

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