Social-networking spam hit business hard in ’09

A survey of 500 companies found a 70 percent jump in spam and malware attacks via social networking sites in 2009, according to a new report from security firm Sophos.Facebook topped the list as the perceived riskiest of the major social-networking sites, followed by MySpace, Twitter, and finally LinkedIn. see:Spam and malware rockets on social networking sitesNearly three-quarters of companies have been sent spam or malware via social networking sites, potentially putting corporate systems and sensitive information at risk, according to new research from security vendor Sophos.The Sophos Security Threat Report 2010 quizzed over 500 organisations, and found that the amount of spam and malware being sent through these burgeoning channels has shot up over the past year. Security Threat Report 2010
SophosLabs today published its latest Security Threat Report, exploring the last 12 months of attacks against computers and what the future might hold for threats.Inside you’ll find a wide variety of threats discussed including:

  • Social networking threats
  • Data loss and encryption
  • Web threats
  • Email threats
  • Spam
  • Malware trends
  • Windows 7
  • Apple Macs
  • Mobile devices
  • Cybercrime
  • Cyberwar and cyberterror

One of the key findings is that reports of social networking spam and malware attacks have risen an astonishing 70% in the last year. Facebook, in particular, is branded the riskiest of the social networks.Download the PDF of the Sophos Security Threat Report 2010 now, and enjoy the read!Additionally, you might be interested in watching the web seminar I recorded in conjunction with Dark Reading:

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