Scam warning: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

Scam warning: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

Summary: The same scam that used Justin Biebier's celebrity status to spread on Facebook is also exploiting Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson.

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It looks like Justin Bieber is not the only one being used in old Facebook scams that seem to have gotten a boost this week under new headlines taking advantage of celebrity obsessions. Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson are also seeing their names spread like wildfire on Facebook.

Please be wary of messages such as "SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!" or "I lost all respect for Emma Watson when I seen this video! Outrageous!". Just like the Bieber "likejacking" scam (a play on the term clickjacking, which means prompting a victim to click something while a different action is taken behind the scenes) these two will also lead you to a fake YouTube page such as TouTube or FbTube that says "Please Watch this video only if you are 16 years or older."

The Fake YouTube player video window is overlayed with a hidden iframe; clicking on it anywhere will submit a Facebook Like and spread the post to your Facebook page. A fake Facebook dialog box also pops up and asks you to verify his or her age by completing a survey with links to various marketing surveys. The scammer earns his or her money via a commission for every survey completed. They can even trick you into handing over your mobile phone number to sign you up for a premium rate SMS service.

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. You can even contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.

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Topics: Social Enterprise, Security

Emil Protalinski

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he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
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  • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

    Guess I'm safe. I don't give a crap about Miley, or Justin or Emma or blah, blah, blah.
    shawkins
    • Agreed

      @shawkins <br><br>I fail to understand how entertainers -- people who sing, dance, act, chase a ball up and down a field, and generally have the emotional maturity of 8-year olds -- can be considered role models when there are engineers, scientists, teachers, doctors, parents, etc., who contribute so much more to society.
      sissy sue
      • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

        @sissy sue: I guess not everybody likes to be entertained by watching a scientist
        edifeldman
  • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

    This is an IQ check correct?
    tonymcs@...
    • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

      @tonymcs@...

      Roll your d20 . . .
      mgaul
      • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

        @mgaul
        Clearly its GURPS. d6!
        cknapp@...
  • &quot;weary?&quot;

    "Please be weary of messages..." How about "please be wary"
    d71collier
    • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

      @d71collier - I don't know, being 'weary' of this stuff might be appropriate.
      boomchuck1
    • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

      @d71collier How about reading the article again, before you go trying to make English-language corrections... It's spelled correctly in the article, so I'd say it was more your "weary" eyes playing tricks on you than an author who you think can't spell. Nice try...
      EnKrptyed
      • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

        @EnKrptyed Given that there were FIVE HOURS between d71collier's post and yours, it's entirely possible the article was EDITED to correct the typo before you read it. Thanks for playing, though.
        csteinola
  • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

    Who's Justin Bieber?
    spin498
    • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

      @spin498 No, the quote is, "What the f###'s a Bieber?!?"
      Gotta love Ozzie...
      dbell5
  • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

    Hey! Where's the Video?
    Terry282
  • I've lost all respect for ZDNET...

    with the continued poor postings by Emil Protalinski. This person is not a journalist. His lack of grammar skills makes me ?weary? of reading his ramblings and now ?wary? of EVER reading anything he has to say. Like his last blog about ?Changing one?s FB status gets you arrested? this person can only get attention by sensationalizing headlines.
    dave01234
  • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

    Thanks Emil - I was wondering how likejacking worked - this explained it.
    Alex Gerulaitis
  • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

    These links appear in my News Feed quite frequently. It's important to make people understand the dangers of "clickjacking" and "likejacking"!
    natalie@...
  • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

    Well the first mistake would be if your on facebook or twitter as your an idiot off tops if you use them. Second if you ever saw anyone say they lost respect for Miley and clicked your even stupider as why would anyone have had respect for Miley to begin with. Just use common sense.
    Fletchguy
    • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

      @Fletchguy <br>that's you're not your!<br><br>I guess I don't have to worry about this kind of scam, I have no facebook account, don't plan on getting one. I just get those Nigerian/South American /hold my money for a while in your account/ (while I empty it for you!) scams. I had one recently that purported to have the blessing of the head of the FBI for me to get the money in an ATM card. I hope there is no one stupid enough to fall for them, but yet if the scammers keep sending the messages someone must be either fooling with them or falling for their message.
      dhays
      • RE: SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I watched this video!

        @dhays
        There are just way too many stupid people in this world. Unfortunately, even the really smart ones fall in the stupid as well.
        dishnetman
  • Slick! I lost all respect for Christopher Plummer when I saw this video!

    Seems he's an avid bicyclist, and even at his age, he STILL wishes to compete with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/elgintv#p/a/u/1/bd28WhUvjbs"><b>this person! </b></a><br><br>(look closely, and you'll see someone trolling off the barge....Millie Cyrus couldn't keep up with these kind of trolls!)
    PercySludge