"As more people spend time on social networking sites, hackers have turned their focus to find a way in to these platforms," said Oded Vanunu, Head of Check Point's Products Vulnerability Research. "Cyber criminals understand these sites are usually 'white listed', and for this reason, they are continually searching for new techniques to use social media as hosts for their malicious activities. To protect users against the most advanced threats, Check Point researchers strive to identify where attackers will strike next."How to stay protectedCheck Point recommends the following preventive measures:
- If you have clicked on an image and your browser starts downloading a file, do not open it. Any social media website should display the picture without downloading any file.
- Don't open any image file with unusual extension (such as SVG, JS or HTA).
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