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Fake Facebook Emails Claim You Have Missed Notifications Fake Facebook Emails Claim You Have Missed Notifications

When browsing your inbox, be cautious around any email you receive claiming that you have Facebook notifications pending. That’s because a new email scam is on the loose and it’s targeting Facebook users. This new email scam comes packaged in …

Don’t Click the Link for the Facebook “Dislike” Button
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Many Facebook users have long awaited the arrival of a "dislike" button for status updates that they find dumb, repulsive, or just annoying. If you happen to see someone on the social network claiming to have found one, however, don’t buy it. It’s a scam.

U.S. Remains Top Spamming Country
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The United States continues to be the top country for spam, accounting for 15.2 percent of all global spam, an increase from 13.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to a new report by Sophos.

India trails the U.S., accounting for 7.7 percent of worldwide spam, followed by Brazil (5.5%), the UK (4.6%) and South Korea (4.2%).

Facebook Users Consider Leaving Over Privacy Worries
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Facebook’s privacy issues have 60 percent of its members considering leaving the social network, according to a new survey by IT security firm, Sophos.

The survey of 1,588 Facebook users found that 16 percent of those polled have already stopped using the social network due to inadequate control over their data.

Sophos says the survey revealed that the majority of users are frustrated with the lack of control that Facebook gives them over their own data. Most don’t know how to set their Facebook privacy options safely, and find the process confusing.

US Still Main Source Of Spam

The United States continues to be the main source of spam, relaying more than 13 percent of global spam, according to a new report from Sophos.

As Companies Relax on Social Media, Threats Increase
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Even as social media has grown to be a much more widely accepted form of communication among businesses over the years, there is still plenty of data out there depicting the flaws and setbacks that can occur when social networks are used in the business environment.

Workers Sharing Too Much Information On Social Networks
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More than half (63%) of system administrators are concerned that employees share too much personal information on their social networking profiles, putting company infrastructure at risk, according to a new survey by Sophos.

Hackers Buying AdWords Now?
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Gotta hand it to the Web bandits. Buying AdWords is a brazen new realm for them. A paid link leading to a dangerous malware-laden download targeted President-Elect Obama’s sweeping victory.

The ad, which according to the screenshot at security company Sophos blog achieved top placement for the keyword phrase “Obama win,” clicked out to a “rogue” site and a download prompt for an installer that is “100% checked by Antivirus.”

More Than 90% Of Email Is Spam

Spam messages in the first quarter of 2008 accounted for 92.3 percent of all email sent according to a new report from Sophos.

During this period Sophos found 23,300 new spam related Web pages everyday, or about one every three seconds.

For the first time Turkey was in the top three of offending countries sending spam. Compromised computers in Turkey accounted for 5.9 percent of the globe’s spam, compared to 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Japanese Police Bust Virus Writer

Police in Kyoto have arrested three men, who were involved in a plot to infect users of the P2P file-sharing network Winny with a Trojan horse that displayed images of anime characters while erasing music and movie files.

The malware called Harada is thought to be connected to the Pirlames Trojan horse which anti-spam firm Sophos reported blocking in Japan last year. The three men have admitted they took part in the crime. One man wrote the malware, while the other two are thought to have distributed the malicious code through Winny.