Hackers use fake Facebook cancellation emails to deploy malware

H-Online: A new type of phishing strategy, which aims to trick unsuspecting users into installing a trojan by pretending to be an account cancellation request from Facebook, has been discovered by Sophos. The email messages link to a third party application on the site that will install a Java applet and then prompt the user to update their Flash player, but will actually deliver the trojan malware. The email messages that are sent out claim to be from Facebook and state: 鈥淲e are sending you this email to inform you that we have received an account cancellation request from you....

May 23, 2012 路 2 min 路 248 words

Facebook teams up with security vendors

Facebook and security. Is it a marriage that has any legs? The social networking giant today announced its partnership with a number of security vendors. A Facebook blogger writes: Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the people who use Facebook, and the security of their data鈥hat鈥檚 why we鈥檙e thrilled to announce the Antivirus Marketplace and welcome Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec to the Facebook Security family....

April 25, 2012 路 3 min 路 495 words

Scam for FC Barcelona Fans

Symantec Connect: Phishers often choose baits with the motive of targeting a large audience. Using popular celebrities as bait is a good example. Phishers understand that choosing celebrities with a large fan base would target the largest audience and supply more duped users. This month phishers are using the same strategy but, instead of targeting a popular celebrity, they associated their phishing site with the popular FC Barcelona football club. FC Barcelona is the world鈥檚 second richest football club and has a large fan following....

March 13, 2012 路 2 min 路 340 words

Phishers Dislike Facebook Timeline

Symantec Connect: Phishers regularly introduce new types of fake applications with the motive of improving their chance to harvest user credentials. In February 2012, Symantec observed a phishing site recommending a fake application that allegedly removes 鈥淭imeline鈥 profile for Facebook users. The phishing site was hosted on a free web hosting site. The phishing site embedded the Facebook Timeline promotion video from YouTube, with the claim 鈥淩emove Timeline Now鈥. According to this phishing site, users will have their 鈥淭imeline鈥 removed from their Facebook profile and get back their old profile page鈥攐nly after they enter their login credentials....

March 10, 2012 路 2 min 路 256 words

Facebook Scam: OMG 鈥 I just hate RIHANNA after watching this video

SophosLabs: Messages are spreading between Facebook users, claiming that members of the social network have lost all respect for popular songstress Rihanna after watching a video. However, if you鈥檙e careless enough to click on the link you will find yourself lured into a survey scam that attempts to earn affiliate cash for fraudsters. A typical message trying to tempt users into falling for the scam looks like this: OMG - I just hate RIHANNA after watching this video...

March 9, 2012 路 2 min 路 294 words

Free iPad 3? It doesn't exist! Beware of scams

It is widely anticipated that Apple will announce a new version of its iPad tablet computer in San Francisco on March 7th. An invitation sent to journalists, inviting them to an event organized by Apple, has fueled speculation even further as it appears to show a close-up of someone using an iPad. Could it be the new iPad with a much lusted for improved display and souped-up processor? Only time will tell....

March 1, 2012 路 2 min 路 288 words

Oops! Selena and Bieber's hidden camera bedroom video Facebook scam

Oops indeed. At least if you were one of the Facebook users who believed that a hidden camera video had leaked onto the net of Justin Bieber sharing some intimate moments with his girlfriend Selena Gomez. Of course, Bieber鈥檚 typical fans 鈥 or those who would delight in his public humiliation by a hungry paparazzi 鈥 are probably unlikely to think twice about clicking on a link shared with them by their Facebook friends, claiming to leak to a sex video....

February 28, 2012 路 2 min 路 280 words

Ex-girlfriend sex videos, browser plugins and Facebook survey scams

SophosLabs: Scammers are up to their old tricks on Facebook, tricking users into visiting revenue-generating survey scam websites by appearing to offer sex videos. Using a thumbnail which suggests a link to a sex video, messages posted on compromised Facebook users鈥 walls attempt to lure their unsuspecting Facebook friends into clicking to see more. And if the use of a saucy snapshot of a naked man and woman in an intimate pose wasn鈥檛 enough, the messages also include a variety of names (obscured in the images below) 鈥 presumably these are the names of the afflicted users鈥 Facebook friends....

February 21, 2012 路 2 min 路 285 words

Over 90% of Facebook users hate having photos of them posted without approval

SophosLabs: Facebook users overwhelmingly agree that it鈥檚 rude to post photos or videos of them without asking permission first. Some even think it should be illegal. Sophos has polled over 800 Facebook users, asking whether people should seek permission before posting photographs or videos online of others. Although a large majority 鈥 83% 鈥 of polled Facebook users think it鈥檚 just common courtesy to ask permission before posting a photo or video of someone else (and a further 8% felt it should be illegal not to have received approval), some respondents believed that Facebook鈥檚 existing tagging controls allowed you to remove a picture that you didn鈥檛 want published online....

February 16, 2012 路 6 min 路 1137 words

Warning: Whitney Houston autopsy video links on Facebook aren't what they seem

SophosLabs: The death of pop superstar Whitney Houston made headlines around the world this weekend, and it didn鈥檛 take long for fraudsters and cybercriminals to cash in on the singer鈥檚 death. For instance, messages have been seen shared on Facebook claiming to link to a video of Whitney Houston鈥檚 autopsy. According to the messages, the video of Whitney Houston鈥檚 autopsy 鈥渞eveals a shocking secret that explains her death鈥. Here鈥檚 what a typical message looks like:...

February 15, 2012 路 2 min 路 224 words