Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

Summary: Facebook was investigating what appeared to be a new spam scheme that results in users getting messages from friends over Facebook chat that have malicious links.

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Facebook on Friday afternoon was investigating what appeared to be a new spam scheme that results in users getting messages from friends over Facebook chat that have malicious links.

The messages say "LOL is this you?" and are accompanied by a link that looks like it leads to a video on Facebook, one victim told CNET. In his case, clicking the link directed to a Web page with a "404-Page Not Found" error message and his account sent the spam out to at least one of his friends, he said.

The spam was also reported on Twitter, but at this point the outbreak seems to be minor.

For more on this story, read 'LOL is this you?' spam spreading via Facebook chat on CNET News.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Security

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  • RE: Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

    I figured a site that has privacy issues would have trouble like this as well.
    darkknightCECIL@...
  • RE: Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

    Are you kidding? This has been going on for months. I'm smart enough to avoid it, but I know dozens who have fallen for it and had their accounts hacked because of the malicious code that is run.
    smug1@...
    • RE: Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

      @smug1@... +1 I was a victim of this and I told others to be careful. I also changed all of my passwords right away. You forgot to mention it gives a facebook app access to your account.
      prof.ebral
  • RE: Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

    Face...what? Face<b>book</b>, you say? Oh yeah...I remember now. That's the site that kept figuring out new ways of subverting its users' privacy. I deleted my account months ago. It's not surprising that people who still have accounts there would fall for a spam ruse.
    slingzenarrowzuvowtrayjissforchin
    • transparency is good in nature

      if it's correctly utilize, but I'll have to agree facebook has really go out of extend with privacy issue, the trend is becoming serious in the younger generation and I really don't understand what's in their mind.
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  • RE: Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

    This is not new. I have been on FB for 2 years now and have seen it for well over a year and half.
    I've learned the hard way, if you don't know the person, why view a video or look at a link they send you.
    thepontiackid
  • RE: Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

    Next: Harvest your crops to send spam. Seriously, once Zynga starts sending spam, that's it.
    Then again, isn't that called posting on your wall to annoy the hell out of your friends?
    Then comes the de-friending... you don't play, you don't chat.
    Then they send you random crap over Facebook Chat? Pfft, whatever. Know better: Stay Offline, Use Skype to IM, and Block the Zynga (and PlayFish) apps. Oh, and NEVER 'LIKE' RANDOM CRAP! Unless it's a ZDnet article. :)
    rjsec4ever
    • RE: Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

      @rjsec4ever, so true! When I 1st started Fb, somehow or another I wound up "liking" something under advertising, & wound up with irate friends asking why I sent them "get a free ipod, etc" spam. I had no idea what had happened until I burrowed away @ the layers to find & delete that mistake. Now half my Fb page is friends Mafia Wars/Farmville results. I know someone who is addicted to Farmville, but plays under an alias so she doesn't bother friends. I think Fb is cracking down on this, as now they are asking for your mobile phone # to verify accounts. A code is txt & a return txt must be sent. No recourse if you haven't a cell.
      sam8988378
      • RE: Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

        @sam8988378 Every time you get a post regarding results from some game or app, click the Hide button to its right. You're then given choices to modify how to hide; just click, e.g., "Hide Mafia Wars", and all future posts about Mafia Wars, even from other users, will no longer clog your FB page.

        Of course, once Zynga comes up with yet another game, the very first posts will appear on my main page, and I have to repeat the process. I have enough game-playing friends so that I am this close to cancelling my FB account like what @slingzenarrowzuvowtrayjissforchin did.
        Joey Indolos
      • RE: Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat

        @sam8988378 ,Pretty sure Fb is not asking for mobile #. Probably another malware/spam scheme.
        boggs@...
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