Hackers of India

Security Threats on Social Networks

 Nithya Raman 


Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of social networking, which has reinvented communication as we know it- creating new opportunities to develop friendships and business contacts all over the world. According to comScore, today, Facebook is the 4th largest U.S. web property in audience size with 157.2 million visitors in May 2011, representing its all-time high and a gain of 3.2 million visitors vs. the previous month. Linkedin.com (33.4 million visitors) and Twitter.com (27.0 million) also reached all-time U.S. audience highs in May 2011.

About Nithya Raman, Symantec Nithya is a threat researcher at Symantec, with a focus on web based threats. She has over 6 years of experience in the field of information security, and has been working with the Norton Safe Web product over the past 3 years. She has done extensive research on search engine optimization poisoning and has developed the detection methodology (patent pending) implemented in Norton Safe Web. She has been involved in research and detection of various other web based threats including malware on social networks. During the course of her career, she has also worked on vulnerability scanning/assessment and application security.

Qualifications: BE(CSE), CISM, CISSP, CEH, ISO27001-Implementation, Security+