As more workers spend a greater part of their days on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, hackers have turned their energies toward spreading their malware across those services, harming workstations and company networks.

That’s the contention of a recent report measuring Web 2.0-targeted hacks that occurred in the first quarter of this year and was conducted by the Secure Enterprise 2.0 Forum, an industry group aimed at enabling the safe use of social media in the workplace.

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Botnets have added nearly 12 million new IP addresses since January, with Conficker malware representing only around 1 percent of all infections

The number of bot-infected machines has jumped nearly 50 percent over last year, with the U.S. now home to the most zombies in the world, according to a new McAfee report released today.

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As the Conficker worm has evidenced, with an estimated 10 million systems infected, the problem of criminally motivated malware infiltration and computer compromise is highly pervasive. The billion-dollar cyber crime economy is relatively under-policed. As a result, cyber criminals have become very aggressive in pushing the malware technology envelope. The latest exploits render traditional security solutions ineffective as cyber criminals capitalize on newly discovered vulnerabilities and leverage mainstream applications such as the Internet.

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