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Microsoft Warns Malware Has Increased On Social Networks

Microsoft has warned about the growing threat of malware attacks taking place on popular social networking platforms.

According to Microsoft’s new Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, cyber criminals have slowly branched out into two camps.

The first class of cyber criminals use sophisticated techniques like social engineering and rare malware exploits to attack large organisations or individuals.

The second class uses widely known cyber attacks like clickjacking and phishing to attack a wider user base on social networking platforms.

“We're seeing these attacks run more like marketing campaigns, and especially during significant events that attract media attention, such as the disaster in Japan,” the company said in a statement on Information Week (opens in new tab).

Instead of indulging in large attacks like espionage or extortion, cyber criminals are now focused on orchestrating small attacks on a large number of people, which sometime makes the entire operation undetectable.

Microsoft’s report was based on data collected from more than 600 million Windows PCs worldwide. The report said that Microsoft effectively detected and blocked fake antivirus attacks on 19 million PCs worldwide.

Known fake antiviruses, FakeSpypro and FakePAV were the two most popular fake antiviruses that were targeting Windows systems worldwide.