Research Specific Risks, Threats, And Vulnerabilities On Web And Social Networking

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Research specific risks, threats, and vulnerabilities to Web and social networking applications Social networking worms: Social networking worms include Koobface, which has become, according to researchers, "the largest Web 2.0 botnet." While a multi-faceted threat like Koobface challenges the definition of "worm," it is specifically designed to propagate across social networks (e.g., Facebook, mySpace, Twitter, hi5, Friendster and Bebo), enlist more machines into its botnet, and hijack more accounts to send more spam to enlist more machines. All the while making money with the usual botnet business, including scareware and Russian dating services. Trojans: Social networks have become a great vector for Trojans -- "click here" and you get: Zeus -- a potent and popular banking Trojan that has been given new life by social networks. There have been several recent high-profile thefts blamed on Zeus, notably the Duanesburg Central School district in New York State late in 2009. Once a Zeus Trojan infects a machine, it remains dormant until the end user visits a Web page with a form to fill out. One of the toolkit 's most powerful features is that it allows criminals to add fields to forms at the browser level. This means that instead of directing the end user to a counterfeit website, the user would see the legitimate website but might be asked to fill in an additional blank with specific information for "security reasons." URL Zone -- is a similar banking Trojan, but even

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