ScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2010) — Social network sites such as Facebook, mySpace or Twitter are gaining popularity. But the 'Web 2.0' presents new dangers. At the Vienna University of Technology (VUT), security hazards of social network sites have been detected and studied. Researchers of the VUT now provide advice on how to increase your safety on the Web.
Are you tired of "see who is visiting you profile" wall post or "see rotating wall" type of applications that never actually work but are posted by your best friends on your wall every now and then . You might also have tried these applications many times to see who the hell is trying to spy on your profile but all u get is dissapointed . Many of the girls added in my profile "hit me with a pillow" or send me a basket of "red roses" but it always keeps me wondering what its all is. While I’d love to write an article about “How To Block The Pillow Fight Application”, the only thing you can block the application from doing currently is accessing your personal information when your friends use the app.
Socializing and finding new friends on social network sites has become just as common as writing emails. However, new security risks of these new websites are becoming more common. Gilbert Wondracek and Christian Platzer, of the Secure Systems Lab at VUT, have been doing research on these security issues. With a few simple tricks, they managed to match more than 1.2 million social network profiles with the corresponding private email addresses. This experiment was done for scientific purposes only -- but what if the next attack is launched by malicious hackers?
60 percent of those attacks come from third-party apps.
22 percent of the malware apps say they will help you see who has been viewing your profile, 15 percent offer "extras" for games you might have like FarmVille, 11 percent offer a "dislike" button (it doesn't exist) and another 7 percent offer links to games.
BitDefender collected its data through the SafeGo Facebook app, which scans user's accounts for malware. SafeGo was launched last month and has 14,000 users.
So far, the software has scanned 17 million posts.
Websense's security tool Defensio says that 1 in every 10 updates that have a link lead to malware.
Someone who creates a profile on a social-network site wants to get into contact with as many friends as possible. Most websites offer a very simple and convenient way to find new contacts: users can simply upload their email address book and they get a list of existing profiles matching the email addresses. "This gives cause for concern". Even if my email address is supposed to be kept secret and it is not visible in my profile, Facebook still uses it to identity my profile. Thats where Facebook is DIRTY"