Report: Scammers shift from spam to social media

Summary:Online scammers are switching from spam email to social-media attacks in the hunt for victims, according to security company Symantec's latest threat report

Scammers and spammers have changed tack and are now moving to social media to look for better victims, according to Symantec's first-quarter threat report.

The report (PDF) found that although the overall level of spam on the internet has declined significantly, spammers are taking to social media to scam victims on what users perceive to be trusted mediums.

"The very nature of the networks, that is, the social-networking platforms, make users incorrectly assume that they're not at risk because they're on a 'trusted' network. When you're talking with family and friends and they're saying 'Watch this video', 'Click on this link' or 'Go to this website', generally the last thing on somebody's mind is, 'Is that a security risk?'," said Symantec vice president and managing director for the Pacific region, Craig Scroggie.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Hackers have changed tactics: Symantec on ZDNet Australia.

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Topics: Security


A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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