by Mike Masnick
Fri, Oct 30th 2009 4:57am
Security companies love using stats to make something appear to be a bigger problem than it really is. Take for example this claim that links to malware are "abundant" on Twitter. The problem is that this is totally meaningless. Because you only see the tweets of people you follow, if spammers are putting up malware links, it only matters if anyone's following them and then clicking on the links. The number of links that point to malware alone is meaningless, because one "spammer" could just post a ton of malware links, but that won't mean a thing if no one is following them. The real question should be how often are people getting malware because of clicks on Twitter. Unfortunately, that data isn't provided.
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