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Sophos Warns that the 'Facebook Timeline Remover' Spam is Presently Targeting Internauts

As per the security experts of the security firm Sophos, spam emails are used up by the spammers to spread the "Timeline removal" scheme around the internet. Various controversies are caused due to the introduction of Timeline on Facebook; many users claimed their dissatisfaction in respect to new layout. This leads to large number of scams that advertise ways to restoring social media to their old appearance.

As per the Sophos, the recent plots start with the email that represent recipient with a big "I wanna get rid of it now" button. Once the button was clicked, he/she is taken to the website recently registered in Turkey that advertises the miracle remover add-on that works in both Firefox and Chrome.

The experts of Sophos are still examining the actual add-ons. Thus it is not identified yet that what they are designed to achieve. But evaluating by the fact that the potential victim are suggested to install the component only after logging into facebook account. It's highly believable that the so-called timeline remover makes post on behalf of user, advertising shady sites and may port malware on the system of victim.

One more interesting point that Sophos highlights is all terms of use are in Turkish language. English translation is not available (although the author's points to Google translate), Sophos says.

For those who did bother to read the terms of use, things are pretty clear. If you are not residing in Turkey don't use this plug-in', this is specific for people residing in Turkey, said Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant, according to Sophos as per a statement published by nakedsecurity.sophos on May 29, 2012.

Don't download any kind of software, no matter how attracting it looks, without confirming about its authenticity. If you see any app such as this on facebook, don't ever trust it. Facebook that has end number of dedicated users is home of scams and hoaxes and the best way is to remain clear of any good-to-be-true offers or app. And make sure that your computer is equipped with strong antivirus software to keep your system protective and detect and eliminate threats.

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