Saturday, 4 February 2012

INFOGRAPHIC: How To Spot Fake Facebook Accounts

Barracuda Labs analyzed 2,884 active Facebook accounts to determine the differences between authentic ones and fake pages created by scammers and spammers.
Barracuda Networks Chief Research Officer Paul Judge said:
Likes, newsfeeds, and apps have helped lead Facebook to its social network dominance, and now attackers are harnessing those same features to efficiently scale their efforts. These fake profiles and apps give attackers a long-lived path to continuously present malicious links to innocent users.
Also, researchers have shown how friending malicious accounts can lead to account takeover using Facebook’s trusted friend account recovery ( We have analyzed thousands of fake accounts to determine features and patterns that distinguish them from real users, and created a feature-based heuristic engine to distinguish real users from fake profiles.



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