CyberThreats Daily: Facebook agrees with ESET Ireland on spam threat

ESET Ireland’s last release about Facebook spam wave has attracted much attention. Among others (such as IrishDev, Facecrooks, etc) Siliconrepublic.com also ran the story, but being dilligent reporters as they are, they also asked Facebook for their side of the story and Facebook agreed with ESET Ireland.

In an answer to Siliconrepublic’s question regarding the massive spam wave, Facebook agreed that education and awareness are key to battling cyber crime. A spokesman for Facebook told Siliconrepublic.com: “We agree that education and awareness is the key to combating online security threats and that this issue is something that we need to tackle together as an industry. We encourage people, whether they’re on Facebook or somewhere else on the web, to think twice before clicking on things – do you really think your best friend is going to give you a free iPad for filling out a survey?” He also said Facebook is introducing new technology to fight spam: “Facebook is able to detect unusual activity that suggests a profile has been compromised by a spammer – for example, if a profile starts to send out many more messages than they normally do.” The full Facebook reply is covered here.

Meanwhile new forms of the same type of spam have been spotted on people’s Facebook profiles, for example:

As before, we urge people to overcome their curiosity and avoid clicking on these frudulent links. Also if you see these on any of your friends’ walls, do remind them they’re spreading spam and helping criminals by clicking on such links, and direct them to our Facebook page or our Twitter, where they can get daily tips and warnings on current threats.

AIB issues new Alert on online banking security

In their latest March 2011 Alert, AIB say: “We aim to protect you against the threats associated with internet fraud. However, it’s important that you also take care to guard your information against internet fraudsters.” Here, you will find details of specific current security threats to AIB’s internet banking customers and alerts that they should be aware of.

Here are their basic DOs and DON’Ts:

DO NOT click on any links or open any attachments within an email claiming to be from AIB. DO contact us if you notice any suspicious activity when using AIB Internet Banking
DO NOT respond, click on or visit any link within a text message claiming to be from AIB DO check the last Log In time and date when logging in to AIB Internet Banking
DO NOT enter code card details into any pop up windows requesting details

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