Spammers using social media instead of email

According to security experts, social networking sites, rather than email, are now the most favored platform for spammers to peddle their unsolicited links, as reported by Bloomberg.

This is partially due to the fact that email spam filters have become so effective that tens of billions of spam messages are now being diverted to social media sites instead, according to Dan Olds of Gabriel Consulting Group.

Mark Risher, chief executive officer of anti-spam software provider Impermium, said, "Social spam can be a lot more effective than e-mail spam. We see a lot of it, and we see it increasing. The bad guys are taking to this with great abandon."

According to Risher, as many as 40% of the accounts on social networking sites are actually owned as spammers, and approximately 8% of all messages sent via those sites are spam. This is approximately twice the volume of spam messages sent just six months ago.

Facebook and Twitter have even resorted to suing advertising networks that are accused of running scams on fraudulent pages, which can lead to users canceling their accounts after poor experiences with the social networks.

And while bigger social networks like Facebook and Twitter have the experience and resources to detect and combat spammers more effectively, newer sites like Pinterest might not be quite so prepared. On Pinterest, spam links can be hidden in the embedded links attached to photos, which can be difficult for users to notice. The links could then potentially take users to pornography websites or a virus download. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an easy solution in the endless battle against spam.

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There's dating scammers using Internet glamour model pictures to create fake Facebook profiles too, to trick and scam men into paying money for them to "meet", I had at least 4 of them in the last 6 months, being a guy who likes glamour girls I spotted them instantly

with so many idiots using social media to be "Social" its of no surprise. People need to realize that you are NOT being social sitting behind a computer. Go out and talk to people talk to friends and hang out....get into trouble,cruise around hunting girls etc etc.. to sit at home and read facebook or look at pictures is not the same thing.

"According to security experts, social networking sites, rather than email, are now the most favored platform for spammers to peddle their unsolicited links, as reported by Bloomberg."

Had to laugh at the first line, it's taken 'security experts' to work this out? us regular human's didn't have a clue.

Uplift said,
"According to security experts, social networking sites, rather than email, are now the most favored platform for spammers to peddle their unsolicited links, as reported by Bloomberg."

Had to laugh at the first line, it's taken 'security experts' to work this out? us regular human's didn't have a clue.


...? Work what out? They're just stating a fact, which they were quoted on. I'm sure they "worked it out" long ago.

Neobond said,
Twitter spam is the worst, I always block and report it.

Comparing my private to my public Twitter after sending a tweet, at worst with hashtags, feels like comparing my inbox from the 1990's to my junk folder today. LOL

GS:ios

Sadly most social media sites make it extremely difficult to report spam, maybe if there were an easy option then the sheer weight of reports could trigger a block. I am sure there are a lot more complexities to the matter but surely your first line of defence is the millions of users you have.

Even here unless you hover over the header of a comment you wouldn't see the "report" and many sites make you log in to report spam, why ?

And if your message is blocked then have a review process based on reputation, allow the post to go back up once reviewed if you question the block.

Yes maybe a lot of work for somebody but that's the price you pay for social media.

Depicus said,
many sites make you log in to report spam, why ?

That is done to prevent abuse to the reporting system. If you are logged in, they can check and track whether you have a genuine reason to report or doing it for no good reason.

The Dark Knight said,

That is done to prevent abuse to the reporting system. If you are logged in, they can check and track whether you have a genuine reason to report or doing it for no good reason.

Yes but I personally would prefer less spam because less spam means less money for spammers and less money for spammers means less motivation to spam.

Rather a few posts got blocked than spammers get their way.