Social media sites will "without question" become the central hub for cyber crime and spamming over the next few years.
This is according to Rik Ferguson, director of security, research and communications Europe, Middle East and Africa at Trend Micro, who observed that Google+ will be particularly attractive for online criminals.
Recently, Kaspersky Lab highlighted the growth of phishing scams via Facebook, wireless communication device manufacturers may be interested to learn.
It also warned that it expects new social network Google+ to be a salient new target for spam.
"Anything where there's unlimited availability and huge public interest is something that will encourage spam," he explained.
"I think the way that Google rolls out its services almost lends itself to that, because it tends to do it on a strictly invite-only basis for quite a long period of time. It's a prime target for what we would call socially-engineered spam."
Posted by Andre Dixon