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Malicious and Spam Posts in Online Social Networks
Sept. 2011 (vol. 44 no. 9)
pp. 23-28
Saeed Abu-Nimeh, Damballa Inc.
Thomas M. Chen, Swansea University, Wales
Omar Alzubi, Swansea University, Wales
A large-scale study of more than half a million Facebook posts suggests that members of online social networks can expect a significant chance of encountering spam posts and a much lower but not negligible chance of coming across malicious links.

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Index Terms:
Security, Online social networks, Spam, Malware, Facebook, Uniform resource locators, URLs
Saeed Abu-Nimeh, Thomas M. Chen, Omar Alzubi, "Malicious and Spam Posts in Online Social Networks," Computer, vol. 44, no. 9, pp. 23-28, Sept. 2011, doi:10.1109/MC.2011.222
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