'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

Summary: Researchers from Sophos have spotted a currently circulating "Enable Dislike Button" Facebook scam.

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Researchers from Sophos have spotted a currently circulating "Enable Dislike Button" Facebook scam.

Upon clicking on the what looks like a recently added genuine Facebook feature, users are exposed to a "Follow the steps below to get the Dislike button" instructions page similar to the one seen in the Osama Execution video scam.

Spamvertised as:

Facebook now has a dislike button! Click 'Enable Dislike Button' to turn on the new feature!

Once the users copy and paste the obfuscated javascript in their browsers, all of their friends will be spamvertised with a wall post about the non-existent Dislike feature. The campaigners appear to be monetizing the campaign through a survey scam.

For the time being, Facebook doesn't offer a dislike button.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Security

Dancho Danchev

About Dancho Danchev

Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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    Tommy S.
  • I noticed it last night

    One of my FB friends had this on his profile. I did a mouseover on the link and saw that it had nothing to do with Facebook and warned my wife not to click it if she saw it.

    The question is: exactly what does it do? Does it plant code on your system? Considering that I use Linux, I didn't feel threatened.
    davidr69
    • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

      @davidr69 You are an idiot if you think that you are safe because you use Linux
      jkfan87
      • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

        @jkfan87 Ever heard of diplomacy?
        Don in MO
      • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

        @jkfan87
        Alan J Jones
        • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

          ah, I just learn what "trolling" is use of "idiot" is an excellent example of Troll language!
          Alan J Jones
    • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

      @davidr69
      If you want go to linux, my personal advice is use ubuntu. For me its more friendly
      and yes fb should give "dislike button"
      <a href="http://www.thunderboltseo.com">seo services</a>
      dr.ari
  • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

    I hope Facebook has a nice splash page that points this out to its users upon their logging into Facebook, or would that make too much sense?
    jayohem
    • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

      @jayohem@... Facebook hardly ever posts warnings of any kind. If and when they do you have to be following their security page. LOL I belong to a few independent security groups on FB that passes warnings around about scams and such. With something like this all you have to remember is FB will just install it themselves before they will get you to do anything.
      MisstreeGB
  • Shows that it's a wanted feature, though . . .

    Shows that it's a wanted feature, though, if the scammers are willing to put the effort into making something like this.

    Maybe Facebook should put the feature in.
    CobraA1
    • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

      @CobraA1

      They say they don't want to introduce a "culture of negativity" or some such idealistic, hippy crap. YouTube has thumbs down, so why not Facebook?
      fibreoptik
      • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

        Hey, ZDNet doesn't have a thumbs down feature either. Seems to me they used to; I wish they'd bring it back. (That's a general comment, not a complaint about this article.)
        LeonBA
      • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

        @fibreoptik Considering how negative and opinionated the founder of Facebook is, it seems almost hypocritical.
        Don in MO
    • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

      @CobraA1 It is simpole...Facebook has a lot of businesses. And they do not want a bunch of whining babies coordinating mass "dislike" campaigns simply because a company didn't bend over backwards to their unreasonable demands.
      jkfan87
      • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

        @jkfan87
        However, Ed is certainly not the only guy on ZDNet that does this. <a href="http://www.kartalkonteyner.com">konteyner</a> they kind of owe it to their customers to look after them
        ottoman1
  • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

    I can't understand why anyone on FB trusts 3rd party apps.
    ejhonda
    • *I* don't understand...

      ...why anyone online trusts Facebook.
      fairportfan
      • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

        @fairportfan TOTALLY agree with you.
        Imrhien
      • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

        @fairportfan Becuase they have never taken any information from me that I did not willingly give them. (Which is not much.) And what I did give them has not gone to anyone else in any way that actually identifies me. I culdn't care less if an advertiser lumps me together with other 30-somethings who play volleyball and is an avid cyclist. More power to them.

        By the way...Facebook does nothing that Google doesn't do many times worse.
        jkfan87
    • RE: 'Enable Dislike Button' scam spreading on Facebook

      @ejhonda
      This new scam appears as a new facebook feature, not 3rd party app.
      Raju Das