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3:15 pm on Mar 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Users Targeted In Scams [news.bbc.co.uk]
Facebook has been targeted by malicious hackers seeking to steal valuable data from members.

The social network site has been hit by five separate security problems in the last seven days, say security experts.

By creating fake messages padded with details of Facebook members the thieves are capitalising on the trust and social links that drive the network.

Security firms warn that the popularity of social networking sites makes them a tempting target for hi-tech thieves.

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One variant of this spam sends messages to all members of a group. The body of the message is crafted to make you think it's an estranged acquaintance who recognized you in a photo... the link in the message uses a facebook redirection script to send you to its destination.

In my case it was spam for a adult companionship service.

If these spammers can get you to click on their link, they might be able to burden that link with a data payload. Be careful...

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disturbing news, as facebook users are prone to putting a lot of demographic data on their profiles; people have told me that is what makes advertising on facebook attractive because advertisers can target the precise people they want to reach. i even click on the ads when they ask me quizzes on my favorite artists;
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Got one of these yesterday. Then got a spam text message to my cell phone for the first time in a long time. Dang.

Good news is that both were pretty obviously spam so no danger of me clicking on them.

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Ugh, no site is immune. Next we'll see all the pedophiles coming over from MySpace. Very sad.
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Sorry are we talking about Facebook per se, or a virus?
6:54 pm on Mar 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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People just put to much info on Facebook. Go out to a bar, have a few drinks and beat the ear of the bartender if you need to instead of broadcasting everything to the world. Just make sure a video of it does not end up on Facebook.
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yup...on CNN as well: [cnn.com...]
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People just put to much info on Facebook. Go out to a bar, have a few drinks and beat the ear of the bartender if you need to instead of broadcasting everything to the world. Just make sure a video of it does not end up on Facebook.

Couldn't agree more... very sad!

 

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