August 27, 2010

Web Spam leading to Friendster on the rise

Elad Sharf Security Researcher

This week has been pretty rough on Friendster, one of the more popular social networking sites. The Websense® Threatseeker® Network detected a spike, or a rather large increase, in the number of abused or fake Friendster accounts that are being Web spammed.

The chart below shows the number of posts that lead to fake Friendster profiles holding spam content this week:


The posted Web spam messages lead to fake Friendster accounts holding pharmaceutical spam.

Here is one example. Please meet "Medication Ativan" - a 45-year-old male from the United States: 


"Medication Ativan" isn't your ordinary friend; this fake member would like to sell you a variety of pharmaceutical pills: 

Thanks for the offer "Medication Ativan", but no thanks!


Try our Defensio plug-ins to stop this kind of Web spam in your Facebook account or personal blog.

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