As hackers and fraudsters increasingly use social networking websites to snare users, Websense is gathering information on cyber-criminals' modus operandi to counter their activities.
Websense has deployed new systems across the internet called Honeyjax that emulate user behavior within Web 2.0 applications, such as blogs, wikis and social networking sites, to uncover threats before they spread.
It has evolved three methods to snare them. It opens dormant accounts on sites, such as FaceBook, and waits for criminals to plant an invitation to a rogue website, or plant binary or script code on the site. It also joins sites and connects to the usual suspects who might want to ask strangers to be their friend or buy an item. Finally, Websense seeks out people who want to lure others into some kind of financial transaction.
"When we get the web addresses of the criminals, we build the information into a database of sites our clients should be protected from," said Websense.