Hackers will target Facebook and MySpace, experts say
Should we be flattered that hackers want our status updates and newsfeeds? Who knows what can happen once they figure out that "Rob is...feeling a little blue today." Ahh!
Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace will likely be the next big targets for hackers, according to the predictions of two internet security firms.
Sunnyvale, California internet security firm Fortinet on Thursday said hackers could use Facebook widgets — the small programs written by third-party providers — to distribute malicious software to unsuspecting users of the social networking website.
"It could be a game, a 'comparison tool,' or a favourite books list," wrote Richard Stiennon, Fortinet's chief marketing officer and security expert.
Fortinet is the second security firm to warn that social networking websites could be the next big arena for malicious software. Santa Clara, California-based McAfee Inc.'s Avert Labs came out with its own top 10 threat list two weeks ago and also put so-called "web 2.0" social networking sites at the top of its list.
Social networking sites — where users post profiles of themselves and share information with other users — will become a target because they have exploded in popularity the last two years, the companies said. MySpace, owned by News Corp., has about 110 million users worldwide, while Facebook now claims 55 million active users.