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Malware Attack Through Facebook

 August 19, 2011

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Many users have been receiving a spammy message via Facebook’s chat functionality which looks something like shown below: The messages spreading via chat are: – bist du das?? aaaaaahahahahaahahaha – hey is this your ex?? lol [LINK] – omg you look so cute [LINK] If a user clicks on the...

Fake SMS Scams On Rise

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 August 9, 2011

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Fake SMS scams are on the rise over the last few months. Fraudsters are mass spamming mobile users with fake messages claiming that they have won some lottery or lucky draw from the UK. Below are some of the scam messages: BT.UK: YOUR GSM NO. HAS WON 500,000GBP IN BTELECOM...

“Italian Model” – Facebook Scam

 August 5, 2011

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A new spam is spreading on Facebook very rapidly. This new Facebook scam is similar to an earlier one where Marika Fruscio apparently exposed on TV. Clicking on the link will take you to a fake YouTube webpage where you are tricked into sharing the link further with your online...

Spammers Targeting Twitter – “iTunes Gift Card spam”

 August 4, 2011

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We’ve already seen some iTunes gift card scams spreading via Facebook, but today the thing to look out for is an iTunes Gift Card spam on Twitter. Some typical messages: As of now the Twitter accounts sending out these messages all have a profile picture of random women. It seems...

How hackers hijack your Facebook photos

 August 3, 2011

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Think twice before uploading your holiday pictures to Facebook – you could be helping someone steal information from your computer. A botnet called Stegobot was created by an Indian origin scientist to show how easy it would be for a bad guy to hijack Facebook photos to create a secret...

The “Facebook Killer” – Facebook Scam

 August 2, 2011

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Most people think that the social networking giant, Facebook, is a place to share photos and connect with people. Unfortunately, the network is also used to spread fake/scam messages that play with users’ belief, compelling them to click on such scam messages. A new scam has spread quickly across Facebook...

“You have 1 message from Twitter Administration” Spam

 July 28, 2011

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Have you seen the following message? It is a new fake Twitter administrator spam message that is being circulated. A new social engineering trick involves using Twitter-like emails to encourage users to click on links. The link, of course, doesn’t go where it claims to go. You’ll only find out...

Dad Drops His Daughter to Try to Catch a Baseball – Facebook Scam

 July 26, 2011

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The video of a dad dropping his daughter while trying to catch a baseball at an LA Dodgers Vs. Florida Marlins game made for a widely viewed video. Such videos often get popular on YouTube. Spammers have targeted the popularity of this video and have begun to spread spam on...