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Adware Spreading Via Social Engineering, Facebook Messenger
The message uses the victim’s name and the word “video” in order to entice them to click through to a shortened bit.ly link in the message. If the victim does click through, they’re brought to a Google Docs page, which hosts an image from the victim’s Facebook Photo album.
Social engineering comes into play again on the Google Docs page. The photo has a transparent play button over it, rigged to look like a video. If the victim clicks on it, Jacoby says, it directs the victim to a series of websites, multiple domains the researcher calls a domain chain, and in turn adware.