Identity theft through social networks
has increased tenfold in 2010
Identity Theft via Internet up
Identity theft by cyber criminals using social networks has increased tenfold in 2010 thanks to "mine" of information readily available on sites like Facebook, according to a report released Thursday by Microsoft.
"Identity theft through social networks in December last was 84.5% of all identity theft cases detected, against 8.3% in January 2010, reveals the report from the analysis of over 600 million computers worldwide.
"This reflects the success of social networks and the fact that cybercriminals go where you can have easy access to users. This is why social networks are a treasure trove," summarizes the AFP Bernard Ourghanlian , technical and security director for Microsoft France.
"There are two broad categories of attackers, professionals paid by pharmacies or mafia state that a targeted attack to steal information, and people who attack largely to make money", according he said.
These two profiles "have an interest in having access to social networks: one to have knowledge of the hierarchy or structure of friendship networks of people involved, and the other to steal information such classic card number blue or passwords, "explains Mr. Ourghanlian.
Another phenomenon that has increased in 2010, the attack ads - up 70% between the second and fourth quarter - for example, displayed through windows "pop-up" (which are parasitizing the screen), and which may offer Viagra and pornographic content.
Microsoft has also seen a resurgence of "decoys" as the proposal of fake security software that "plays on fear of the Internet and provide a false sense of security." AGEFI / ATS