Facebook is full of spam!

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Facebook, Hacking, Privacy, Protection

We’ve all seen Facebook posts that say things like, “Finally! Facebook got a dislike button! Click here!” or “See who is viewing your profile OMG I cannot believe it!!!!!!” or something else equally enticing.

Some of us, overwhelmed by desire, have fallen for these posts and learned an important lesson the hard way: Facebook is full of spam.

Many of us fled from MySpace in hopes of a cleaner, spam-free, and polished platform, but it was only a matter of time before hackers figured out how to attack us on Facebook, too.

On Facebook, there are a few different ways your account, privacy, and computer can be compromised. Sometimes hackers will simply phish for your log-in information and hijack your account, spamming your friends in the process. Other times, the app that promised to be a “dislike” button will instead download and install malware on your computer. — Taken from cnet forum —

“Surveys are an increasingly common tactic used to disguise a wide range of security threats lurking on Facebook and other social networking sites,” said Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher, GFI Software. “Scammers also have improved their ability to immediately hijack high-profile news for their attacks. By exploiting breaking and developing news stories, they are catching users off guard. Users should always be wary of promises of free items or sensational content, and they should never share personal and financial information online unless they are dealing directly with a known, trusted and secure website — not a Facebook or Twitter post claiming to represent a recognized business or organization.”

Top 10 Malware Detections for May

GFI’s top 10 malware list is compiled from collected scan data of tens of thousands of GFI VIPRE® Antivirus customers who are part of GFI’s ThreatNet™ automated threat tracking system. ThreatNet statistics revealed that the vast majority of malware threats found continue to be Trojans, mostly detected in generic form.

Detection Type Percent
Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT Trojan 22.51
Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra Trojan 3.79
Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0 Trojan 3.73
Zugo Ltd (v) Adware (General) 2.75
Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen Trojan 1.63
INF.Autorun (v) Trojan 1.38
Pinball Corporation. (v) Adware (General) 1.37
Trojan.JS.Redirector.cd (v) Trojan 1.3
Malware.JS.Generic (JS) Exploit 1.23
FraudTool.Win32.FakeRean Rogue Security Program 1.13

Check out the video below, how to avoid it, and different ways to get rid of it.

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