Don’t Friend the Ramnit Worm
January 9th, 2012
This kind of malware can have far-reaching effects, too. Since many of us are guilty of reusing passwords, identifying a user’s Facebook password could lead to a potential gold mine of sensitive information. Social media is the new frontier when it comes to malware. As Seculert puts it:
Sophisticated hackers are now experimenting with replacing the old-school email worms with more up-to-date social network worms. As demonstrated by the 45,000 compromised Facebook subscribers, the viral power of social networks can be manipulated to cause considerable damage to individuals and institutions when it is in the wrong hands.
Read more about securing your computer from malware here.
Short for “malicious software”; includes viruses and spyware that steal personal information, send spam, and commit fraud. (See Badware.)