Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tues Tech Tool

The following is a copy of an article that my husband thought would be beneficial to share for those of you using or considering the use of some of the social networks that are out there. Although simple to use and pushed on to us by the media maybe we should think twice about using these sites. Myself included: I started using one of these as a way to help advertise my shop and network more, but quite honestly I have had more viruses and problems with my computer than what it is worth and now I try very hard not to use these sites -

U.S. Marines ban Facebook, MySpace, Twitter
Posted by Ryan Naraine
The U.S. Marine Corps has slapped an immediate ban on the use of social networking sites on its network, warning that sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are a “proven haven for malicious hackers and content.”
The ban, contained in an order issued Monday, will last for a year. It specifically mentions Facebook, Twitter and MySpace although it applies to what is described as “Web-based services that allows communities of people to share common interests.”[ SEE: Twitter API ripe for abuse by web worms ]
A few choice quotes from the Marine Corps order:
•“These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries…”
•“The very nature of SNS [social network sites] creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage that puts OPSEC [operational security], COMSEC [communications security], [and] personnel… at an elevated risk of compromise.”
[ SEE: Web worms squirm through Facebook, MySpace ]
CNN reports that the ban was drawn up in response to a late July warning from U.S. Strategic Command, which told the rest of the military it was considering a Defense Department-wide ban on the Web 2.0 sites, due to network security concerns.
Facebook, MySpace and Twitter have been constant targets for malware attacks that exploit the trusted nature of social networks to lure users into clicking on links to malicious sites.

1 comment:

Kathianne said...

I've connected with so many old friends on Facebook. It's been a wonderful way to keep in touch with large numbers people who live far away. I've lived all over the country and have friends in many places. I haven't had any issues with viruses- but I have a Mac and highly recommend it!