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Social Media Exploitation

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Social media sites like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Reddit have become primary targets for malware distribution by attackers because of the large amount of users and traffic on them. The largest recorded attack of a site via social media was in 2008, when the RIAA experienced a SQL injection that maxed out their processor being #1 on Reddit's main page.

Historically, the first well-known exploitation of a social media site was when a virus affected Myspace's faulty embed tag in a page. Other bugs over the years have included mostly faulty content redirects and XSS, or flaws in site-specific applications (like Facebook apps) that can expose attackers to the social media users.