Facebook More Popular than Google, Facebook Users Targeted by a New Scam
Article by George Norman
On 18 Mar 2010
Do you know just how popular social networking site Facebook is? Back in February, when Facebook celebrated its 6th anniversary, Facebook’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that there re more than 400 million Facebook registered uses out there. Some of them access it on their desktop computer, others access the site while on the go, from their mobile devices. There are more than 100 million people that actively use Facebook from their mobile devices.

The number of registered users is proof that Facebook is quite popular. Do you know what else proves Facebook is hugely popular? The fact that Facebook surpassed the Google search engine in weekly hits to become the most visited website in the US of A. According to research firm Hitwise, in the week that ended on March 13, visits to Facebook accounted for 7.07% of web traffic – Google visits accounted for 7.03%


"It shows content sharing has become a huge driving force online," said Matt Tatham, director of media relations at Hitwise. "People want information from friends they trust, versus the anonymity of a search engine. It's definitely a big moment for Facebook, even though they beat by a small margin."

Every web service that is popular draws the attention of the people with malicious intent that lurk about the internet. Several companies that specialize in providing security software solutions, including McAfee and Sophos, issued warnings about a new email scam that targets Facebook users. The of this scam is to steal the user’s Facebook password.

Here is the message included in these scam emails:

“Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.
You can find your new password in attached document.

The Facebook Team.”

The attachment is not a new password – it is a malicious piece of software used to steal passwords.

Tags: Facebook, Google, Scam
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