1 out of every 600 social network profile pages hosts some malware

ScanSafe found that on average, up to one in 600 profile pages on social-networking sites hosted some form of malware. The company also reported that the use of social-networking sites, often assumed to be popular only with teens, accounted for approximately 1% of all Web use in the workplace. ScanSafe reported that spyware increased 19% in July while Web viruses decreased 14%. Web viruses identified and blocked by Outbreak Intelligence(TM), the company’s proprietary heuristics engine that can detect zero-hour threats (threats that appear before an anti-virus signature becomes available) increased slightly and accounted for nearly 13% of all Web viruses blocked by the company in July 2006.