Social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and many others have literally changed the way many people communicate with one another. Due to many publicly disclosed breaches and compromises, we saw that these sites can be very real and serious threats to organizations. There are many Trojans, worms, phishing and other attacks targeted specifically at the users of these sites. One main problem is the inherent trust component these sites carry, much like email did many years ago. Furthermore, people that utilize these sites for entertainment purposes, such as online games, are rewarded for accepting friend requests even from people they don't know. This is very fertile ground for identity thieves. Some might say that there isn't enough information on their account to do any identity theft, but criminals are very resourceful. Just a little bit of information correlated with other sources of available information on the Internet can give someone all they need to steal your identity.
We got such a great response to a guest contribution by Perimeter CTO Kevin Prince over at our Network Security Edge site about his views on the top threats for this year that we asked him if we could use the information as the basis of this quick presentation.
You'll get a lot of useful info by clicking through these slides, but we strongly encourage you to check out Prince's full analysis of 2009's trends and his thoughts on the threats, both growing and persistent, facing your network.