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Hurricane Irene clickjacking scam on Facebook


Hurricane Irene

States in the USA, such as Vermont and New Jersey, are continuing to deal with heavy flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

And we weren’t surprised to find internet scammers attempting to profit from other people’s misery.

For instance, here is a clickjacking scam which at the time of writing is still active on Facebook.

Hurricane Irene Facebook clickjacking scam

This Facebook page reads:

VIDEO SHOCK - Hurricane Irene New York kills All

All? Hmm.. that would be a rather fanciful claim even for the most sensationalist tabloid report. But maybe it will be enough to make you click further.

Hurricane Irene Facebook clickjacking scam

BAM! Too late. You’ve been clickjacked. Even before you’ve had a chance to notice that the page is suddenly talking to you in Italian, the webpage has taken your click onto what you thought was the video’s play button and secretly behind-the-scenes tricked you into saying you “Like” the page – thus promoting it to your online Facebook friends.

If you were running an add-on like NoScript for Firefox you would have been protected by a warning message:

Hurricane Irene Facebook clickjacking scam intercepted by NoScript

But let’s imagine that you weren’t protected. What happens next?

Hurricane Irene Facebook clickjacking scam

The page insists that you share the link to the Facebook page, presumably in an attempt to increase its viral spread. So far things don’t seem to be working well for the scammers – as only 12 people have said they “Like” the page (and one of those is my test account). Maybe folks are suspicious about a claim that Hurricane Irene has killed *everyone* in New York.

Hurricane Irene Facebook clickjacking scam

You’re still keen to watch the video, of course, but first the scammers want you to take an online survey – which not only asks you for personal information but also can earn them commission.

If you are hit by a scam like this you should remove the page from the list of pages that your Facebook profile likes..

Unlike Hurricane Irene Facebook clickjacking scam

..and remove it from your newsfeed, reporting it as spam to Facebook.

Remove Hurricane Irene Facebook clickjacking scam

The good news is that this particular scam hasn’t become widespread, but many others do.

If you’re a Facebook user and want to keep up on the latest threats and security news I would recommend you join the Sophos Facebook page – where more than 100,000 people regularly discuss the latest attacks.

Google+ Hangouts Video Chat Could Challenge Skype


Google+ Hangouts Video Chat Could Challenge Skype

Skype might have a hard time keeping itself relevant now that Google has introduced its new video chat service embedded in Google+ called Hangouts. Google+ Hangouts boasts a slick interface, doesn’t require additional downloads and best of all it’s free … if you can score an invitation, that is.

 

Google+ is still in testing mode and, like Gmail in its infancy, you need to be invited in. Google is having a hard time keeping its invitation process open, too; because of “insane demand” Google had totemporarily suspend Google+ invitations.

 

But once Google+ Hangouts launches to a broader audience, Microsoft-owned Skype will have some serious competition when it comes to video chat.

 

Google+ Hangouts can hold 10 people in the same video chat room simultaneously. While Skype 5.0 Beta 2 can do the same, video conferencing on Skype requires a Premium membership that ranges from $4.49 to $8.99 per month.

 

Google+ Hangouts Video Chat Could Challenge SkypeWorse yet, Skype 5.0 Beta 2 is Windows-only at the moment, whereas Google+ Hangouts, like Gmail video chat, is browser-based and doesn’t discriminate against any OS or requires an additional download.

 

Now that Microsoft has acquired Skype and plans on embedding Skype functions into the Office suite, Skype will become even more of a household (and “businesshold”) name. But Google+ should get a lot of traction given Google’s already pervasive Web presence and the fact that many smaller businesses are ditching Microsoft Office and relying on Google’s productivity suite.

 

Google+ is definitely a work in progress; that’s why it’s called a project rather than a product. But Hangouts is probably it’s most interesting and useful feature — one that Skype will have to keep tabs on.

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The President is finally taking charge? No, a Facebook phishing attack


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A warning to all the Facebook users out there – the scammers are after your login details again, this time by spreading a link which purports to be a video of Barack Obama.

The president is finally taking charge on Facebook

The president is finally taking charge!!
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Is this really for real?.

The image used in the message looks like a YouTube video thumbnail, but if you click on the link you are redirected multiple times before finally landing on a phoney Facebook login page.

It may look like Facebook, but it’s not the real Facebook. It’s designed to phish your username and password from you.

Facebook usernames and passwords are an increasingly valuable commodity for cybercriminals – once they have those, they’ll be able to log into your account, post messages in your name, spread spam and malware and perhaps raid your profile for personal information that they might be able to use for identity theft.

Worst of all, perhaps, they can pose as you and cause tremendous problems for your friends and family.

So, if you think you might have fallen for a scam like this, change your Facebook password immediately and scan your computer with an up-to-date anti-virus product.

If you’re on Facebook and want to learn more about security threats on the social network and elsewhere on the internet, I’d recommend you join theSophos Facebook page.