Facebook Scam Rapidly Circulating
Currently, a new scam is making rounds on the popular social networking websites. This scam includes a fake application that claims to display the list of all people who has viewed the users' profile or homepage along with some little information, as reported by The News Portal on December 1, 2010.
However, this application is actually a malware and is circulating fast throughout the website. Many users had already got their account compromised.
The trick is very simple for circulating this new kind of malware. This trick includes one of the user's friends claiming something like, "OMG OMG.. I can't believe this really works! Now you can actually view who all visited your profile! On [LINK]".
Security experts highlighted that netizens have to be very cautious and should not open any links that claims to provide the list of people who has viewed their profile. Clicking on the webpage, directs to a webpage that requires access to users' Facebook profile that is pretty usual for Facebook apps. Unfortunately, this action ultimately leads to compromising of the computer.
However, this is not a first situation, whereby this kind of tragedy has happened to the users of Facebook. malware ridden applications are continuously being developed to grab personal and financial information of the Facebook users that can be used to carry illegitimate activities by spammers.
In reply, Facebook has begun to well administer their applications. However, it is still quite a difficult task as numerous applications are introduced on a regular basis. Further, it becomes more difficult when the application is introduced via an internet forum or individual blog post.
Commenting on the matter, Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos stated that, Facebook users should be very careful while adding new or unknown applications, as reported by The eWeek on November 30, 2010.
Facebook regards these kinds of scams to be bogus applications and suggest its users to delete it from their newsfeed and cancel its right to view their Facebook profile.
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