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Sophos Report Names Social Networks As Malware Targets In 2011

Sophos' 2011 threat report warns that cyber criminals will increase their activity on social networks as well as targeting Windows 7 and Apple iPads.

The company reported that the UK has moved up from tenth to sixth in the list of countries with the most malware ridden web pages.

Sophos expects that social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter will be flooded with rogue applications, click-jacking attacks and other forms of malicious malware attacks in 2011. The company also said that as Windows 7's installation base is increasing, hackers will develop attacks designed specifically for the platform.

Another platform that the company expects to fall under the hackers' scanner is Apple's iPad. With the device selling like hot-cakes, hackers are more likely to target the device.

"Rogue applications, clickjacking, survey scams – all unheard of just a couple of years ago – are now popping up on a daily basis on social networks such as Facebook," Graham Cluley posted on Sophos' Naked Security blog.