Because of the kind of information that is stored in the databases of social networks like MySpace, Friendster, or Facebook, cyber-criminals have started targeting these social networks to obtain invaluable data. Authorities in cyber-crime are now warning users and social network managers about the potential threat of breaches in the confidential information of their clients.
Information that cyber hackers are aiming to retrieve are individuals’ phone numbers, addresses, full names, birthdates, and employment details that are actually posted on many of these social networking sites. Social networking sites attract thousands of people to join in and get in touch with old friends and family members, or even to make new friends. This is one of the biggest attractions for hackers now since these online communities offer a wealth of personal data which can be used for a variety of defrauding schemes.» Read more