Facebook calls in RiskIQ in anti malware campaign

Facebook and RiskIQ are tackling social network malware

Facebook has embraced the security services of RiskIQ and will use its monitoring system to keep its hundreds of millions of social networkers away from malware and spiked advertising attacks.

RiskIQ will present itself at the landing page stage, and scan for risks and threats. Facebook hopes that this early monitoring and filtering will keep millions of issues out of its services.

Earlier this year we heard that in 2014 alone Google blocked a staggering 524 million ‘bad ads’ and removed 250,000 sites for spreading malware.

“RiskIQ helps Facebook detect and block threats planted in third-party ads that violate our policies and can put people at risk,” said Jennifer Henley, Facebook’s director of security operations.

“The additional insight they provide helps us protect the integrity of our global network and create a trusted environment for the people on our platform.”

Facebook has billions of users, or potential targets, and comes under attack often. Last year FireEye director of technology strategy Jason Steer told V3 that the network is a “prime” target from bad actors. “Sites like Facebook and LinkedIn are prime sites to look for and target people,” he said.

RiskIQ has a strong user footprint and it boasted about its position in the financial industry. It said that the Facebook deal has filled it with pride.

“We are extremely proud that Facebook chose RiskIQ to help protect their users from malicious and fraudulent activity,” said Elias Manousos, CEO of RiskIQ.

“Our platform’s global visibility into the user experience on Facebook allows us to provide them with the intelligence they need to keep users safe every day.”

Facebook has taken on a number of security companies and their solutions and in the last year alone we have seen it ink deals with Trend Micro, F-Secure and ESET, for software and antivirus protection.

A larger number of providers increases the chances that malware will get caught and cleaned up, which will help people on Facebook keep their information more secure,” sais Facebook in a post on the firm’s engineering blog late last year.

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5 May 2015 | 8:17 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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