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Published: 26th Jul 2011

Individuals using a satellite broadband connection should be wary of phishing attacks when accessing Facebook.

This is because, according to the latest spam report from Kaspersky Lab, this type of incident on social networking sites is on the increase.

In June, there was a 4.07 per cent rise in the number of attacks on Facebook compared with the previous month, while the figure for Habbo was 6.25 per cent.

Kaspersky experts are now predicting that something similar could happen with the launch of Google+.

Maria Namestnikova, senior spam analyst at Kaspersky Lab, said: "They will most likely contain both phishing links and malicious code."

The research also showed the volume of spam in email traffic increased around certain events, such as the launch of the final Harry Potter film or Osama bin Laden's death.

Earlier this month, Europe, Middle East and Africa technical product manager at Symantec Graham Ahearne warned spam attacks are likely to emerge based on the upcoming Olympic Games.