Scam warning: WTF! I just saw a movie how Christina Aguilera got arrested which was minutes ago!!

Scam warning: WTF! I just saw a movie how Christina Aguilera got arrested which was minutes ago!!

Summary: The same scam that used Justin Biebier's, Miley Cyrus', and Emma Watson's celebrity statuses to spread on Facebook is now exploiting Christina Aguilera.

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Christina Aguilera has joined the ranks of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Emma Watson, in old Facebook scams that seem to have gotten a recent boost under new headlines taking advantage of celebrity obsessions. It looks like these scams are working, because new ones keep popping up on the social network.

The Aguilera version starts with an exclamation such as "WTF!", "SHOCK!SICK!", or "WICKED!" and continues with "I just saw a movie how Christina Aguilera got arrested which was minutes ago!!" and a link. The singer and actress was apparently recently arrested in Hollywood, though she has been released since, and told that she would not be charged, according to Sophos.

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 fake YouTube page such as TouTube or FbTube. Clicking on play will give you a warning message: "Please Watch this video only if you are 16 years or older."

The Fake YouTube player video window is overlayed with a hidden iframe; actually 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 your 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; 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.

Facebook needs to take action on these scams. I would suggest changing the functionality of the Facebook Like button so that it cannot be clicked on unless it is visible. Unfortunately, this would be particularly difficult to implement. An easier solution, but one that Facebook would be very apprehensive to change, would be to prompt the user for confirmation before a Facebook Like goes through. What would you suggest?

Topics: Browser, Security

Emil Protalinski

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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: WTF! I just saw a movie how Christina Aguilera got arrested which was minutes ago!!

    Anyone else see the irony of these articles? The headline is used to generate clicks the same way the likejackers do.
    Aerowind
    • RE: WTF! I just saw a movie how Christina Aguilera got arrested which was minutes ago!!

      @Aerowind

      Don't read it then. If only half of Facebook had the smarts not to click on stupid stuff, these posts wouldn't be needed.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: WTF! I just saw a movie how Christina Aguilera got arrested which was minutes ago!!

        @Cylon Centurion 0005

        You are exactly right. I instantly Shared the information from Sophos on this with my friends but I guarantee I still will have a good handful that fall for the scam because they are more worried about Christina possibly going to jail than their own safety and privacy.
        bobiroc
      • RE: WTF! I just saw a movie how Christina Aguilera got arrested which was minutes ago!!

        @Cylon Centurion 0005 I only commented because it's the third time the exact same story has been posted. The only difference is a different celebrity.
        Aerowind
  • Are we...

    ... going to start posting every scam, every day, and every variation on a tech new/blog site? Your cluttering the news with spam
    x21x
    • I actually like Emil's blog

      @x21x

      Not only does it break the monotony of Apple vs MS vs Google, but it brings out some very funny stuff on the stupid things some people do on a website that frankly, I just don't see the point in.
      UrNotPayingAttention
  • Re: WTF!

    'WTF'---O how avante garde! How cutting edge in articulacy! How chic and erudite!
    (Mis)use of this acronym is indicative of the ever dulling journalistic skill set, heading to devolution and further degeneracy.
    I'll let the posters above me deal with the rest of the content.
    PreachJohn
  • RE: WTF! I just saw a movie how Christina Aguilera got arrested which was minutes ago!!

    Click bait.
    tonymcs@...