Facebook users are posting warnings to one another about a hacker operating on the network, using the offer to “Visit the new Facebook” to break into pages and kick out the page’s legitimate administrators.
Unfortunately the alerts do not include enough information to be useful, and members of the public may be unwittingly perpetuating a hoax in the belief that they are helping their friends, family and online chums avoid a nasty virus infection.
THIS NOTICE IS DIRECTED TO EVERYONE WHO HAS A PAGE ON FACEBOOK: IF SOME PEOPLE IN YOUR PROFILE OR YOUR FRIENDS SEND YOU A LINK WITH WORDS "VISIT THE NEW FACEBOOK '' AND THERE IS THE LINK BELOW, DO NOT OPEN! IF YOU OPEN IT YOU CAN SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR PAGE. IT'S A HACKER WHO STEALS YOUR DETAILS AND REMOVES YOU FROM YOUR OWN PAGE. COPY AND SPREAD THE WORD
Although there are many scams and attacks which spread on Facebook every day, no-one appears so far to actually have gathered any evidence that this one exists – and there is probably more nuisance being caused by users passing on the warning than by any attack which may or may not have happened.
Users believe they’re doing the right thing when they share warnings like this – but unfortunately they haven’t always checked their facts.
Please don’t share security warnings with your online friends until you have checked them with a credible source (such as an established computer security company). Threats can be killed off fairly easily, but misinformation like this can live on for months, if not years, because people believe they are “doing the right thing” by sharing the warning with their friends.
If you’re a regular user of Facebook, be sure to join the Sophos page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security threats.
Source :- http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com
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- Facebook spam prevention scam spreading like wildfire (go.theregister.com)
- Dad catches daughters on webcam: Beware viral Facebook video link (pratyushkp.wordpress.com)
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- Spam from your Facebook account? Malware attack poses as official warning (pratyushkp.wordpress.com)
- Sophos urges Facebook to better protect its users (zdnet.com)
- Heads up FB friends! New chain letter spreads on Facebook (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Spam from your Facebook account? Malware attack poses as official warning (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
Facebook is being hit by another viral message, spreading between users’ walls disguised as a link to a saucy video.
The messages, which are spreading rapidly, use a variety of different links but all claim to be a movie of a dad catching his daughters making a video on their webcam:
The messages also tag some of the victims’ Facebook friends, presumably in an attempt to spread the links more quickly across the social network.
If you make the mistake of clicking on the link you are taken to a webpage which shows a video thumbnail of two scantily clad young women on a bed. The page urges you to play the video, however doing so will post the Facebook message on your own wall as a “Like” and pass it to your friends.
Unfortunately, the new security improvements announced by Facebook this week fail to give any protection or warning about the attack.
Ultimately, you may find your browser has been redirected to a webpage promoting a tool for changing your Facebook layout, called Profile Stylez and – on Windows at least – may find you have been prompted to install a program called FreeCodec.exe which really installs the Profile Stylez browser extension.
It’s certainly disappointing to see Facebook’s new security features fail at the first major outbreak – clearly there’s much more work which needs to be done to prevent these sorts of messages spreading rapidly across the social network, tricking users into clicking on links which could be designed to cause harm.
Source :- http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com
- Dad catches daughters on webcam: Beware viral Facebook video link (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Facebook Scam Alert: Look what happens when Father catches Daughter on Webcam! (techie-buzz.com)
- What is FouTube? Viral Facebook clickjacking video scams explored (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- ALERT: Avoid ‘Father Catches Daughter On Webcam’ (allfacebook.com)
- Beware of Fake Osama bin laden links on web! (trak.in)
- Beware Video Osama Traps on Facebook (socyberty.com)
- “â€œShocking New Video of Osama Bin Ladenâ€™s Deathâ€ Facebook Spam” and related posts (teck.in)
- Photo tagged as a Facebook bunnygirl? Beware viral scam (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Osama Bin Laden death video scam spreads virally on Facebook (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Osama Bin Laden death video scam spreads virally on Facebook (securitybloggersnetwork.com)
Starting Wednesday (although the feature does not appear to be live yet), users will be able to tag Pages for Brands & Products as well as People (more options coming soon) in their Facebook photos.
Tagged photos will appear in the Photos tab of a Page, rather than on that Page’s Wall, and anyone can tag a Page — even if a user hasn’t “Liked” it. Page admins can also nix photos from the tab by going into Edit Page > Posting Options > and unchecking “Users can add photos.”
For those who concerned about their privacy, Facebook assures us that privacy settings will still apply; if your photos are visible to everyone, everyone will be able to see the tagged snap, and if your photos are set to “only friends,” only friends will be able to check out that pic of you standing in front of the local Rite Aid.
This move could definitely be beneficial to certain brands. Imagine if people started tagging themselves wearing, say, Levi’s jeans. All of those snaps would then go to the Levi’s Facebook Page and result in free advertising.
Source :- http://mashable.com
- You Can Now Tag Pages in Facebook Photos (mashable.com)
- You Can Now Tag Pages in Facebook Photos (jessidavis.com)
- Tag Pages in Facebook photos (cnn.com)
- Now You Can Tag Celebrities In Your Facebook Photos, Too (lockergnome.com)
- New Facebook Feature: Tag Your Business in Photos (keepthepeakunique.com)
- Can I make them stop tagging my photos? (debsanswers.wordpress.com)
- Facebook Launches Photo Tagging for Pages (strategistalks.com)
- You Can Now Whore Yourself Out by Tagging Products and Corporate Pages on Facebook [Facebook] (gizmodo.com)
- Facebook Rolls Out Page Tagging in Photos (webpronews.com)
- Facebook Now Features Photo Tagging for Pages (marketingpilgrim.com)
The report, made public on Tuesday, is based on a survey of 2,089 members of a TNS interactive consumer panel. Using that sample, the magazine was able to estimate that more than 5 million Facebook users are 10 years old and younger, making up the bulk of the 7.5 million figure. Facebook’s terms of service require users to be at least 13 years old. To join, though, users merely have to enter their supposed birth dates when they sign up.
But Facebook’s screening requirements for minors may be a moot topic. In a statement, Jeff Fox, technology editor for Consumer Reports, said the majority of parents of kids 10 and under “seemed largely unconcerned by their children’s use of the site.”
Reps from Facebook could not be reached for comment.
This isn’t the first time Facebook’s policies on minors have been called into question. A class action suit filed in August in Los Angeles alleged that Facebook’s “Like” button triggered instances in which minors were endorsing products without their parents’ consent.
Source :- http://mashable.com
- Five million Facebook users are 10 or younger (news.consumerreports.org)
- Facebook had 7.5 million U.S. users under the age of 13: Survey (thestar.com)
- 15 percent of adult Facebook users falsify personal info (news.consumerreports.org)
- Millions of kids under 10 on Facebook, says Consumer Reports (inquisitr.com)
- Survey: 7.5 million Facebook users below minimum age (news.cnet.com)
- REPORT: 5 Million Facebookers Are Below Age 11 (allfacebook.com)
- Survey: 7.5M Facebook users below minimum age (news.cnet.com)
- @ FOX: Survey: 7.5M Kids on Facebook Are at Risk – Officials: Social Sites Increase Police Vulnerability (foxnews.com)
- Five million Facebook users are under age 11, how many play games? (games.com)
- 5 million users experienced abuse on Facebook (news.consumerreports.org)
Within about two hours of reports first surfacing (and since confirmed by the President) that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, a Facebook Page titled “Osama Bin Laden is DEAD” has already accumulated more than 150,000 “likes.”
Interestingly, the page itself appears to have been setup well prior to tonight as a way to advocate the theory that Bin Laden had actually died long ago.
The page description reads in part: “Osama Bin Laden has not been found and will never be found because he died a long time ago. This may be news to you because it wasn’t in the news. His death is critical to the CIA because they want you to believe in this so called ‘War on terror’ which has made the world a more dangerous place. If Osama Bin Laden was alive, he would’ve been found – just like Saddam Hussein.”
Nonetheless, the page is now serving as a real-time discussion board for the historic news.
- White House: Osama Bin Laden is Dead (benzinga.com)
- News Of Osama Bin Laden’s Death Spreads Like Wildfire On Twitter (techcrunch.com)
- Primetime interrupted: Osama bin Laden dead (insidetv.ew.com)
- Bin Laden Killed (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! President OBAMA to tell the WORLD about the details within minutes… (economy4abc.blogspot.com)
- President Obama To Announce That Osama Bin Laden Dead – They have the Body (kymkemp.com)
- Report: Osama bin Laden Is Dead; U.S. Has The Body (mediaite.com)
- 911 Mastermind Bin Laden Dead (dakotavoice.com)
- Obama To Announce That Bin Laden is Dead (macleans.ca)
- Is Osama Bin Laden Dead? (spikestl.wordpress.com)
A typical message reads:
58 people have unfollowed me, find out how many have unfollowed you: [LINK] #rw2011 #duringsexplease #youneedanasswhoopin
See the hashtags? They appear to be currently trending phrases on Twitter – presumably the rogue applications are using them in the messages they spam out in an attempt to trick more users into clicking on the links.
If you do click on the link you are asked to give authorisation for a third-party application to access your Twitter account.
Don’t, whatever you do, press the “Allow” button. If you do, then a third party is now capable of tweeting messages in your name to all of your Twitter followers – which spreads the scam virally across Twitter and may result in one of your online friends also having their account compromised.
So, how do the scammers make money? That’s the next piece of the jigsaw.
You’re anxious to find out who has unfollowed you on Twitter. The scammers take advantage of that by presenting a webpage which looks as if it’s about to reveal that information – but is actually designed to make you take an online survey instead.
The scammers make money for each survey that is completed.
If you were unfortunate enough to grant one of these rogue applications access to your Twitter account, revoke its rights immediately by going to the Twitter website and visiting Settings/Connections and revoking the offending app’s rights.
(Note that the scammers are using a variety of different applications – so you may see a different name from the one I picture above).
Don’t make it easy for scammers to make money in this way, and always exercise caution about which third party apps you allow to connect with your social networking accounts.
If you’re on Twitter and want to learn more about threats, be sure to follow Naked Security’s team of writers.
Source : – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com
- Unfollowed Me rogue application spreads virally on Twitter (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Want to Know Who Unfollowed You? Don’t Click on That Twitter Link (newsgrange.com)
- Banned Lady Gaga video attack spreads on Twitter via rogue app (pratyushkp.wordpress.com)
- Banned Lady Gaga video attack spreads on Twitter via rogue app (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Profile Spy rogue application spreads virally on Twitter (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Twitter 11.6 Hours Survey Scam Spreading Virally (pratyushkp.wordpress.com)
- Your Online Timer survey scam spreads rapidly on Twitter (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Rogue Twitter counter app punts survey scam (go.theregister.com)
- Facebook is closing all accounts today? Nope, it’s a viral rogue application (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Rogue apps invade Twitter [Mike “Winfreight” Shraga] (ecademy.com)
According to data gathered from several sources by OnlineEducation.net, Facebook and Twitter are used to great benefit — sometimes. Students welcome online engagement and resources; around 75% of student respondents said they’d like to do some online collaboration for class, in fact.
Also, social media may have a positive impact on students’ sense of themselves in the community. Social media-using students were twice as likely as other students to feel well-liked by their peers and to participate in extracurricular activities. And 20% more of Facebook-using students (as compared to students who didn’t use Facebook) said they felt connected to their school and community.
However, negative effects abound. Students who use Facebook and hit the books simultaneously found their multitasking led to 20% lower grades than those of their more focused peers. Facebook-using students also made less money during school from part-time work, putting in around five hours per week as opposed to 16 hours per week for a typical, unplugged counterpart.
Not only do grades and finances suffer, but students might actually end up feeling more depressed or lonely. Almost half of students believe they are sadder than their friends on Facebook, and 25% of college students have shown signs of severe depression in their status updates at one time or another.
In a word, the results are inconclusive. But with around 96% of all college students on Facebook, only the most dedicated academics would consider giving up social media for a slightly better GPA.
In the comments, we’d like to know what impact social media had or has on your academic work. And if your college career pre-dates social media, how do you think college is better or worse because of Facebook?
Source -: http://mashable.com
- For Students, What Is the “Facebook Effect” on Grades? (mashable.com)
- ‘Facebook effect’ on grades? (sse4m.wordpress.com)
- Social Media Tools for Education (taraprogram2011.wordpress.com)
- Students: Facebook Might Be Good for Your Social Life, But Bad for Your Pocket (chinwag.com)
- How Social Media Use Affects Students (johndierckx.wordpress.com)
- Encouraging Academic Faculty to Start Using Social Media (case.typepad.com)
- Facebook: communication outlet for college parents (jou2100.wordpress.com)
- The Friendster Wake: Remembering the Late Social Media Site (blogher.com)
- Grade me on Facebook (jocelyncarroyo.wordpress.com)
- Wiki FYE Drumbeat Final-Cody, Eli, Matt (aucommstudies.wordpress.com)
Log on to Friendster today and you’ll see a background image that says ‘Watch this face! … on December 4′. Turns out the pioneering social network is in for a major revamp tomorrow, including a new logo, tagline (“Connecting Smiles”) and an entirely fresh look.
My absolute favorite part of the video: “I mean, if everyone’s there, woop de doo”.
Friendster in the clip says the redesign aims to place more emphasis on 3 pillars: Simple, Fun and Personal. The company also features glimpses of the new website lay-out, which looks a whole lot like Facebook in my opinion, but seemingly mixed with the customization capabilities of MySpace (e.g. it looks like you can change the background color of pages with a single click). Apologies for the blurry screenshot, but watch the video to see it in action.
Friendster, founded in 2001, has raised over $45 million in venture capital to date, and is sitting on some potentially lucrative IP. It’s no longer hot in the U.S. any way you look at it, but it’s most definitely still a big deal in the Asia/Pacific region.
So much so that last year the company appointed Richard Kimber as its new CEO (he used to head Sales and Operations in South East Asia for Google) and has openly started shopping itself to potential buyers in the region over the Summer.
Source :- http://techcrunch.com
- Make New Friendster, But Keep The Old: Your Embarrassing Profile Data Will Be Deleted On May 31 (laist.com)
- Friendster to Wipe Profiles, Renovate (pochp.wordpress.com)
- Friendster wipes data slate clean (go.theregister.com)
- Save Mark Zuckerberg’s Friendster Profile (or Your Own) Before It Dies (wired.com)
- How to Save, Download and Export your Friendster Profile Data (lockergnome.com)
- Friendster, Another Facebook Casualty (ricojr2010.wordpress.com)
- Goodbye, Friendster, I Never Used You (techland.time.com)
- Friendster: We’re Going to Delete Your Stuff (technologizer.com)
- No Friend of Mine: Friendster to Delete Personal Data by End of May (readwriteweb.com)
- Social Network Pioneer Friendster To Erase All User Photos, Blogs And More On May 31 (via TechCrunch) (toodamnez.wordpress.com)
Another day, another Facebook profile scam.
Clicking the event’s “I’m Attending” button–don’t!–will likely push the scam to your friends’ news feeds.
In addition, an equally unsafe how-to video on getting free Facebook credits is embedded at the bottom of the phony page.
These kinds of Facebook scams surface frequently, sometimes as fake apps, other times as spammy Wall posts or instant messages. As usual, you should be wary of any Facebook event, app or message that promises to reveal who is looking at your profile.
Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com
- See Who Has Viewed Your Profile Event Spam Spreading on Facebook (techie-buzz.com)
- How the Class of 2015 is getting scammed on Facebook (midd-blog.com)
- Facebook scam with a difference – Social Tagging Worldwide avoids rogue apps (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Facebook Spam Now Spreading Through Facebook Events (techie-buzz.com)
- Spammers Using Facebook Events to Trick Users (nytimes.com)
- FarmVille Scam Alert: Helping Blu reward is another fake (games.com)
- Bad News For AdSense Users Scam Spreading on Facebook (techie-buzz.com)
- Anger after scam-exposing community shut down by Facebook (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- Over 10 Million Scammed On Facebook (pratyushkp.wordpress.com)
- Spammers Now Using Facebook Events to Trick Users (readwriteweb.com)