By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
Jan 26, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama ran a successful Web 2.0 campaign last year.
Now, as president, he's got to deal with a very Web 2.0 problem: hackers
abusing the social-networking features of his Web site.
Hackers have registered bogus accounts on Obama's online community,
my.barackobama.com, where they are posting images designed to set off a
chain of events that lead to malicious Trojan horse programs. These
programs are stepping stones used by hackers to download more and more
malware onto a victim's computer.
The problem on Obama's Web site is not unique. Hackers and the operators
of popular Web sites are often caught in a cat and mouse game, with the
bad guys constantly finding a new way of uploading malicious programs
just as soon as one avenue of attack is closed. Social-networking sites
want to give their users as many cool ways of enhancing their own Web
pages as possible -- my.barackobama.com lets users create their own
blogs -- while at the same time reining in any misuse.
"The U.S. Presidential campaign has shown the world how governments can
leverage Web 2.0," Websense wrote on a company blog outlining the issue
Monday. "However, this ... is yet another opportunity to spread more
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