BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room (Facebook scam)

BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room (Facebook scam)

Summary: Lady Gaga's celebrity name is once again being used to spread Facebook scams and malware. This time, the claim is she has died.

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Facebook scammers are once again exploiting ignorant victims with celebrity obsessions by using sensational headlines. Lady Gaga is the target; it's not the first time, and it certainly won't be the last.

This version says something along the lines of "BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room :( mjide35w" followed by a link claiming to link to a BBC News report. It also has the following description, according to Sophos: "This is the most awful day in US history."

Just like the previous "likejacking" scams (a play on the term clickjacking, which means prompting a victim to click something while a different action is taken behind the scenes) any of the above will lead you to a rogue Facebook Page or webpage. The page, which is posing as a BBC News webpage, attempts to trick you into clicking on what appears to be a video thumbnail.

The fake video player window is overlayed with a hidden iframe; actually clicking on it anywhere will also submit a Facebook Like and spread the post to your Facebook page. You may think you'll eventually get to see a video, but you won't.

The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. They also use them to spread malware and obtain personal information.

As I've recommended before, if you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your own Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up and unlike the page, the better. You can even contact Facebook Security if you'd like to. Some security suites as well as the Firefox add-on NoScript will prevent the likejacking from taking place.

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Topic: Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room (Facebook scam)

    If only it were true... if only.
    Bates_
    • RE: BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room (Facebook scam)

      @Bates_
      you're creepy...
      nikkiejanee
  • RE: BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room (Facebook scam)

    Oh, no not Ladie GaGa

    Such a tragedy...
    ;\
    Agnostic_OS
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