Facebook Hoax: Facebook will end on March 15th 2012

SophosLabs: Have you seen the news? Maybe your friends have shared it with you. Apparently, Facebook is going to shut down on March 15th, 2012. Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly found running the site just too stressful. Here鈥檚 the link that many Facebook users have been sharing with each other. Some worried Facebook users have even been sharing this photograph of a news report about the claimed closure of the world鈥檚 most popular social network:...

February 13, 2012 路 2 min 路 364 words 路 Omid Farhang

US attacks Iran and Saudi Arabia? Malware spreads via Facebook status updates

SophosLabs: Beware of malware lurking on news websites claiming to containing breaking news stories. I鈥檝e seen a worrying number of Facebook users posting the same status messages today, claiming that the United States has attacked Iran and Saudi Arabia in a move heralding the beginning of World War 3. Well, that would certainly get your attention, wouldn鈥檛 it? A typical status message looks like the following: U.S. Attacks Iran and Saudia Arabia....

February 3, 2012 路 2 min 路 272 words 路 Omid Farhang

Yet another Facebook Hoax: ‘New Way Gangs Steal, Rape and Kidnap Girls'

SophosLabs: Facebook users are innocently sharing advice with their online friends about how women can avoid being kidnapped and raped, not realizing that they are perpetuating a hoax. Here鈥檚 a typical message that is being shared, which comes attached to an image of a young woman gagged and tied up in the trunk of a car. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY This message is for every Girl Who Goes to college or office alone....

February 2, 2012 路 2 min 路 332 words 路 Omid Farhang

Hoax: The Pink Profile Pic Facebook virus hoax

SophosLabs: Have you noticed the profile pics of some of your Facebook friends have acquired a pink tinge? Rumours have hit the social networking site that the Facebook app that turns your profile picture pink carries 鈥渒eylogger malware鈥 that can spy on your keypresses, and steal your passwords 鈥 not just from Facebook, but from online banks you may log into as well. One warning reads as follows: ABC News 24 just released a statement about a virus on facebook app that adds a pink tinge to your profile picture to `raise money for cancer`....

October 25, 2011 路 2 min 路 333 words 路 Omid Farhang

Hoax: Facebook Gold membership for $9.99

SophosLabs: A hoax claiming that Facebook is planning to start charging users continues to spread across the social network, and has now been adapted by mischief-makers into a claim that the service will be free if users forward a message before midnight. Duped users are sharing the message with their online friends, believing it will help them avoid charges of between $3.99 and $9.99 per month. FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP....

September 25, 2011 路 2 min 路 286 words 路 Omid Farhang

Christmas Tree app virus hoax spreads on Facebook

Thousands of Facebook users are warning each other about a Christmas Tree virus said to be spreading in the form of a rogue application on the social network. The only problem with this warning? It鈥檚 utterly bogus. Here鈥檚 a typical message being shared widely on Facebook: WARNING!!!!!!鈥..DO NOT USE THE Christmas tree app. on Facebookplease be advised it will crash your computer. Geek squad says its oneof the WORST trojan-viruses there is and it is spreading quickly....

November 24, 2010 路 2 min 路 361 words 路 Omid Farhang

A Virus Is Coming! Tell All Your Friends!

Email hoaxes are nothing new, dating back at least as far as 1994 with what is widely believed to have been the first email hoax鈥攔eferred to as the 鈥淕oodtimes virus鈥 or the 鈥淕oodtimes virus hoax鈥 after the subject of the email. The message in the early version was short and to the point, advising recipients not to open email messages with the subject 鈥淕ood Times鈥 because doing so would ruin their files....

May 4, 2010 路 5 min 路 903 words 路 Omid Farhang

BlackBerry Messenger the new vehicle to distribute Hoaxes?

I received an interesting IM from a friend via BlackBerry Messenger [BBM] this weekend. She was worried that it could do damage to her shiny new BlackBerry and, as she knew I work for [a security company], she forwarded it to me for my opinion. As soon as I read it, I knew it was a hoax and told her just to delete it. It didn鈥檛 really surprise me that these Hoaxes are now being spread via BBM as the devices are becoming increasingly popular....

January 13, 2010 路 2 min 路 301 words 路 Omid Farhang