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Cybercrimes dump email for irresistible Twitter, Facebook spam

Cybercrooks have quit pouring barrels of spam into email inboxes in favour of hassling marks on social networks as an easier way to make money.

The dismantling of remote-controllable armies of compromised PCs, the collapse of some shady affiliate advertising networks, and better spam-filtering technology have all resulted in a decrease in traditional email spam delivery.

 However, dodgy messaging to promote sites selling knock-off goods, pills to enhance performance beneath the sheets, and other tat, has only been displaced rather than destroyed. Twitter and Facebook have both become primary conduits for spam in the process – and the messages sent usually look far more convincing. Continue reading Cybercrimes dump email for irresistible Twitter, Facebook spam
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6 Ways to Defend Against Drive-by Downloads

In the first quarter of 2011, enterprise users encountered an average of 274 web-based malware attacks, a 103 percent increase over 2010, according to research from Cisco ScanSafe. Why the dramatic increase? One major cause is the growing number of drive-by download attacks. Drive-by downloads are an especially pernicious method cybercriminals use to install viruses and spyware, and otherwise take control of unsuspecting end users’ computers. Continue reading 6 Ways to Defend Against Drive-by Downloads