Recently, software giant Microsoft Corp. released its Security Intelligence Report Volume 10 (SIRv10), which highlighted a worldwide polarisation in cyber criminal behaviour and a significant increase in the use of 'marketing-like' approaches and deception tactics to steal money from consumers. "As software becomes more secure, cyber criminals are looking at alternative vulnerabilities to exploit," said Microsoft Malaysia national technology officer, Dr Dzahar Mansor.
"One of the common threats we're seeing becoming more prevalent involves social engineering, or manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information," said Dr Mansor. "We're seeing a significant increase specifically on social networks and online gaming due to their popularity. For example, unsuspecting users may receive a Facebook notification via e-mail that leads them to a fake Facebook page in an attempt to steal passwords and identity information."
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