What I mean is, hackers (not malicious ones) have something to say about social-networking sites. Thousands of them gathered at two conferences in Las Vegas this past week, the Associated Press reports. Here's the important part: Hackers are seeing intruders in social-networking sites who "commandeer personal Web pages and possibly inject malicious code." They look for flaws in sites' code that … [Read more...] about Hacks in social sites
This is something for social networkers to be on the alert about: computer security and social engineering on social-networking sites (social engineering is what phishers and identity thieves use to trick people into making themselves and their devices vulnerable to hacks and ID theft). The latest warning signal concerns Facebook, which recently announced it's becoming a social-networking platform … [Read more...] about Facebook & ID theft
It’s a handy, cutting-edge form of social engineering using terrible, 1986-style graphics. The “Hood Life” mod (short for modification, a bit of code that enhances or offers an add-on to a videogame) for Grand Theft Auto is demo’d in a YouTube video, but the graphics are “crudely rendered, not up to the high standards of the GTA game itself,” CNET reports, but even so 54 people have downloaded the … [Read more...] about Infected game mod
Yet another indicator that we can never rely on technology alone to protect computers or kids. In this case, it’s a sneaky phishing scam to grab Net users’ social security and credit card numbers, among other sensitive info. The Register says it’s “able to spoof eBay, PayPal and other top Web destinations without triggering antiphishing filters in IE 7 or Norton 360.” It got this from a Londoner … [Read more...] about New phishing trick
That’s how Americans are beginning to view it, apparently. A new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that US Net users are becoming more resigned to having spam in their in-boxes, and parents will be glad to know that porn spam is on the decrease. The Associated Press reports that “37% of US email users say they are getting more junk in their personal email account, about half … [Read more...] about Spam: Fact of life?