Friend or Fraud? Security and Social Networks


Back in January, friends of Seattle, Wash., resident Bryan Rutberg were stunned when they read e-mails from his Facebook account accompanied by his photo. In the messages, Bryan appeared to claim he was in big trouble and that he needed their help. At least one friend wired him money. However, Rutberg wasn’t really in trouble and was in no need of assistance — his Web page had been hijacked by cybercriminals. This is just one of the cyberscams that have hit Facebook, the world’s leading social networking site.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Uncategorized