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10 Security Threats That Came And Went

Think LulzSec and Anonymous will be around forever? We're here to provide a different perspective with a few "undefeatable" threats that have gone the way of the dodo.

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Koobface



The Koobface worm that made its name in 2008 plaguing social networking sites has become more of an introvert these days. While it graced just about every social networking site with its presence, Koobface, an anagram for Facebook, experienced unprecedented notoriety on its two favorites: Facebook and Twitter -- as it infected millions of unsuspecting users via malicious links and video codecs. The Koobface malware typically spread on Facebook using shortened URLs that would direct users to fake YouTube videos that asked them to install a malicious codec. Meanwhile, one of its most effective tricks was redirecting users to fake login pages by employing a range of social engineering techniques. The malware would then nab their usernames and passwords to their accounts, which were used in phishing attacks and the propagation of malware and spam. Recently, however, researchers reported that. Koobface had essentially lost interest in spreading on Facebook despite-or perhaps because of -- its explosive global popularity which likely led to increased scrutiny and security controls. Time will tell if it’s holding out for Google+.

 
 
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