Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Difference between Emails and Facebook Emails



I think we still need to see it in real life situation before we can see the impact.

1 comment:

Talya said...

Hi Evan,

Really like your blog and thought yours was an interesting verdict on Facebook messaages.

I'm getting in touch about something I thought might be of interest to you/your readers.

Following on from the announcement by Facebook about their new messaging system, this has raised concerns about how this will open up the Facebook platform to greater risks from cybercriminals and spam spreading.

I thought perhaps you might like to let your readers know about some of the key concerns they should be aware of as highlighted in the alert below.

Please do let me know if of interest.

Thanks for your time.

Best regards,

Talya


MEDIA ALERT

Security implications of new Facebook email service - Sophos FAQ guide

Facebook has announced its new email service which brings together
Facebook messages, instant messaging chat and SMS messages in one place.
Following this news, Sophos has produced an FAQ guide to help users
understand the implications for security before they sign up:

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/11/15/faq

"Before signing up, users need to realise that these new features
increase the attack surface on the Facebook platform, and make personal
accounts all the more alluring for cybercriminals to break into," said
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Facebook
accounts will now be linked with many more people in the users' social
circles - opening up new opportunities for identity fraudsters to launch
attacks."

Sophos notes that cybercriminals are compromising the accounts of
Facebook users, and using their accounts to spread spam messages. Spam
sent via social networks can be more effective than traditional email
spam, as users are more likely to open and trust a message which appears
to have been sent by someone they know - one of their Facebook friends.

"Users also need to be aware that Facebook will be storing a complete
archive of all of their communications with one person - this raises
concerns as to how this data could be misused if it fell into the wrong
hands," continued Cluley. "With this in mind, it will be critical for
Facebook to implement more effective filtering mechanisms to prevent
fraudsters from manipulating Facebook users into falling victim to new
spams, scams and
phishing attacks."

Sophos's verdict on the new system? Users will need to take greater
care of the security of their Facebook account than ever before.
Keeping security up-to-date on computers, policing which applications
link with their Facebook profile, and choosing sensible, unique,
hard-to-crack passwords will be essential.

More information can be found on Sophos's Naked Security blog at:
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/11/15/faq