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    Malicious browser extensions bring about security risks as these often lead to system infection and unwanted spamming on Facebook. Based on our data, these attacks have notably affected users in Brazil. We have previously reported that cybercriminals are putting malicious browsers in the official Chrome Web store. We also came across malware that bypasses a Google security feature checks third party extensions.  For this blog entry, we performed an in-depth analysis of malicious Chrome browser extension and its evasion tactics, after receiving samples ...

    Posted in Malware, Social |



    In the two previous parts of this series of blog posts, we discussed the kinds of threats that we're seeing on Twitter, as well as the scope and scale of these threats. In this part, we will discuss their motivations, and what end users can do. The first question is: why do cybercriminals bother doing this? Social media accounts are valuable in their own right. These accounts can typically be used to make money in many ways for cybercriminals; any form of ...

    Posted in Social, Spam |



    In the previous blog post of this series, I introduced our paper titled  An In-Depth Analysis of Abuse on Twitter  that looked at the threats in the Twitter landscape, and explained the various kinds of malicious tweets we've seen. In this post, we look at the scope and scale of these threats. Malware Tweets Users in the United States generally click the most links that go to malicious URLs from Twitter, whether it be phishing Tweets, Tweets with shortened URLs, or traditional spam. In one category, ...

    Posted in Bad Sites, Social |



    Twitter is an important means of communication for many people, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it has become a medium that is exploited by cybercriminals as well. Together with researchers from Deakin University, we have released an in-depth paper titled An In-Depth Analysis of Abuse on Twitter that looks at the scale of this threat. To gather this information, we analyzed publicly accessible Tweets from a two-week period in 2013. Many of these we discarded, as they did not have ...

    Posted in Social |



    Cybersecurity is an important part of our daily lives, whether people are aware of it or not. Building awareness that being secure online is everyone's responsibility is a key part of fighting cybercrime. This is why one of the themes of this year's National Cyber Security Awareness Month is the  'Stop. Think. Connect™' campaign, which promotes this very message. Learning how to be secure online is difficult without knowing about how one can be infected. So how do today's users become victims ...

    Posted in Social |


     

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