New Facebook scam


Beware of the links you click for Facebook.

A new and extremely viral clickjacking scam has been spotted targeting curious Facebook users.

It hooks them with links to titillating, disgusting or “amazing” videos that their friends apparently “liked”, but once they click on the link, they are redirected to a splash page where they are asked to jump through some hoops in order to watch the video:

Unfortunately, their clicks are hijacked to “like” the video without their knowledge and to post the same bait message on their own Walls, while they are redirected to a page seemingly containing that and other interesting videos.

The scam is perpetuated using JavaScript.

The scammers effect the clickjacking and redirection by using a number of JavaScripts, and land the user on one of around 300 similar pages that contain the video and a bucketful of link ads.

As scams go, this one seems pretty effective given the diversity of interest-piquing video baits. The scammers earn their money from the owners of the aforementioned sites, who earn a small amount of money for each click on an ad that captures the victims’ fancy.

“The JavaScript code is obfuscated and packed, this makes the entire debugging more difficult, but during the research I have identified several domains connected to this scam,” says Kaspersky Lab Expert David Jacoby. “It also seems that they use redirectors to prevent URL/Domain blacklisting, and there are also several different scams on each server.”

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About brvanlanen

Just a thirty-something guy currently hanging it up in the greater Green Bay area. My post-high school educational background is mainly in the Information Technology field. Specifically I have an A.A.S. in Computer Network Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems Security, both from ITT Technical Institute, in addition to A and MCDST certifications. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and sports. My Christian faith is also important to me as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and all my children attend a Lutheran grade school. When it comes to political leanings I am a conservative first and foremost which you will discover rather quickly. As for sports I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Posted on January 5, 2012, in Cybersecurity, Facebook, Social Media, Social Networking, vulnerability and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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