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This past September, Concordia University in Montreal took the step of banning Facebook access in libraries and study halls for its 40,000 students. The problem: a growing overload on University networks from email spam generated by spammers who were using student social network contacts as targets for their spam, coupled with increased exposure to hacking and phishing attacks. Is targeting email addresses from social networks a new frontier for spammers? "Spam has gone to Web 2.0 with social networking," said David Poellhuber, president and CEO of ZEROSPAM, a global provider of outsourced IT security services that include email filtering, high-availability DNS service, remote monitoring, and advanced email hosting. "By focusing on social networks, spammers have found that they can be even more targeted and pervasive with their emails than they can with traditiona... (more)