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Have You Been Attacked By a Virus on a Social Networking Site?

Have You Been Attacked By an Embarrassing Virus?

The New York Times just reported on a new strain of viruses hitting the Internet, but not the kind that attacks your computer — the kind that could potentially attack your reputation. According to the article, which focuses on viruses that have attacked Facebook and Twitter users, 21 percent of web users say they have been the target of malicious activity on social networks. Usually, these viruses cause a ton of spam messages to be sent or posted by your account — things like free $500 gift cards to stores or potentially inappropriate photos. Why attack social sites? Since people tend to trust messages from friends and people they know (whether virtually or in real life), they're more likely to respond to the content.

This hasn't happened to me yet, but I may be overly sensitive to these sorts of scams and viruses. Has it happened to you? How do you avoid it?

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kaitxo kaitxo 7 years
My dad got a virus after trying to find some nudie pics of a republican reporter that he fancied. Needless to say, my mom wasn't thrilled! I guess he could have just said that he got it randomly. I thought it was funny and gross.
Jmartens Jmartens 7 years
The title made me think I was reading TresSugar!
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
Yes, this happened to my friends and I, awhile back when I used to have a Myspace account. Now, every time I see something like that on one of my friend's FB profiles, I know it's just spam. It happens so often, that I think most people know this and don't really think that their friend sent it to them.
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