The "Buy Twitter followers" lottery; Malware Sales Through Social Networks

From Sunbelt Blog:

This is wonderfully cheeky – a website popping up in a lot of Twitter spam called increasethefollowers(dot)info, that wants you to hand over lots of money with no real explanation as to how they’re going to make it worth your while.

Prices start at $5 for 100 followers, right up to a huge total of 10,000 followers if you pay the highest price.

The more people you want them to add to your feed, the more time it takes.

In Trend Micro blog… Malware Sales Through Social Networks

Social media has affected business organizations in many different ways through the years and these effects caused the development of a rather complicated relationship between the two.

Social media has proven to be an effective marketing tool for businesses. Data collected last year from Fortune’s Global 100 revealed that more than 50 percent of the said companies have Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts. On the other hand, social media tools such as social networks have been reported to affect office productivity and also serve as popular media for online threats.

In the same way that businesses use social media, cybercriminals do as well. Just recently, we saw an advertisement for fake point-of-sale (POS) devices in an underground forum where the seller offered a fake POS device for 1,000 EUR.

This time, we found an advertisement for a malicious tool, in a more “mainstream” channel.

Crime and criminals follow the crowd… right?  I’m not going there!

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