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Facebook plugin scam in the wind

     

tangor

11:50 am on Dec 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This is NOT a marketing aspect, merely a caution if you ARE marketing on Facebook that it might not go the way you wish.

Con men have developed a new approach towards spreading scams on Facebook.

Instead of using status updates as a lure, the latest generation of Facebook scams attempt to trick marks into installing malicious browser extensions. The plug-ins are supposedly needed to view non-existent video clips supposedly posted by an earlier victim.

Once installed, these malign browser ad-ons spread the scam from one user's profile to another's profiles.

Elad Sharf, security researcher at Websense Security labs, explains: “Scam pages typically utilise social engineering tricks such as enticing you with videos or a free voucher. In this new scam you’re encouraged to install a browser plugin.

[theregister.co.uk...]
 

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