Facebook scams, which include fake offers and media content along with survey scams, ranked third on our list.
The continued prominence of Facebook scams on our annual and midyear lists of the most commonly observed malware highlights the foundational role of social engineering in many cyber attacks.
Facebook has nearly 1.8 billion monthly active users worldwide. It is logical territory for cybercriminals and other actors looking to dupe users. One positive development is the company’s recent announcement that it is taking steps to eliminate fake news and hoaxes.
Critics suggest such content may have influenced voters in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.