Facebook attack tricks users into 'liking' malicious links | InSecurity Complex - CNET News


Tom Usher wrote or added | "Like most of these scams, this one relies on social engineering and piques the interest of prospective victims with messages like:

"• 'LOL This girl gets OWNED after a POLICE OFFICER reads her STATUS MESSAGE.'

"• 'This man takes a picture of himself EVERYDAY for 8 YEARS!!'

"• 'The Prom Dress That Got This Girl Suspended From School.'

"• 'This Girl Has An Interesting Way Of Eating A Banana, Check It Out!'

"Clicking on the links takes the visitor to what appears to be a blank page with just the message 'Click here to continue.' However, hidden in the page is code called an iFrame written for Windows-based systems. When a visitor clicks anywhere on the page the iFrame publishes the message to the visitor's Facebook page.

"'If you believe you may have been hit by this attack, view the recent activity on your news feed and delete entries related to the above links,' Sophos' Graham Cluley recommends in his blog post on the attack. 'Furthermore, you should view your profile, clic...

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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