Hosting Malware

March 31, 2008 – 6:00 PM

Websense Security Labs has been tracking the use of as a hosting site for malware for several months. The popular Web 2.0 social networking Web site, ranked 252 by Alexa (Alexa Ranking), is both the largest Facebook application developer and a free and easy place to host malware.

Having tracked the various ways malware is hosted on the site, it appears most popular with attackers targeting Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking audiences. We have seen targeted attacks with fake YouTube email lures in Portuguese that link to malware hosted on

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