Ramblings of a tech stray
I think we still need to see it in real life situation before we can see the impact.
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,TalyaMEDIA ALERTSecurity implications of new Facebook email service - Sophos FAQ guideFacebook has announced its new email service which brings togetherFacebook messages, instant messaging chat and SMS messages in one place.Following this news, Sophos has produced an FAQ guide to help usersunderstand 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 featuresincrease the attack surface on the Facebook platform, and make personalaccounts all the more alluring for cybercriminals to break into," saidGraham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Facebookaccounts will now be linked with many more people in the users' socialcircles - opening up new opportunities for identity fraudsters to launchattacks."Sophos notes that cybercriminals are compromising the accounts ofFacebook users, and using their accounts to spread spam messages. Spamsent via social networks can be more effective than traditional emailspam, as users are more likely to open and trust a message which appearsto have been sent by someone they know - one of their Facebook friends."Users also need to be aware that Facebook will be storing a completearchive of all of their communications with one person - this raisesconcerns as to how this data could be misused if it fell into the wronghands," continued Cluley. "With this in mind, it will be critical forFacebook to implement more effective filtering mechanisms to preventfraudsters from manipulating Facebook users into falling victim to newspams, scams andphishing attacks."Sophos's verdict on the new system? Users will need to take greatercare of the security of their Facebook account than ever before.Keeping security up-to-date on computers, policing which applicationslink 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
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