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Wait, Do You Really Think That’s A YouTube URL? Spoofing Links On Facebook

Wait, Do You Really Think That’s A YouTube URL? Spoofing Links On Facebook

October 30, 2017Mohit Kumar
While scrolling on Facebook how you decide which link/article should be clicked or opened? Facebook timeline and Messenger display title, description, thumbnail image and URL of every shared-link, and this information are enough to decide if the content is of your interest or not. Since Facebook is full of spam, clickbait and fake news articles these days, most users do not click every second link served to them. But yes, the possibility of opening an article is much higher when the content of your interest comes from a legitimate and authoritative website, like YouTube or Instagram. However, what if a link shared from a legitimate website lands you into trouble? Even before links shared on Facebook could not be edited, but to stop the spread of misinformation and false news, the social media giant also removed the ability for Pages to edit title, description, thumbnail image of a link in July 2017. However, it turns out that—spammers can spoof URLs of the shared-links t
'Real Footage of Malaysian Flight MH 17 Shot Down' Facebook Spam Spreads Malware

'Real Footage of Malaysian Flight MH 17 Shot Down' Facebook Spam Spreads Malware

July 22, 2014Swati Khandelwal
A distasteful trend among the cyber crooks have began these days that they left no occasion, either good or bad, to snatch users’ financial information in order to make money as well as spread malware to victimize users. The tragedy of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is no exception for the criminal minds. They are exploiting the disaster that took place last week in the disputed territory. All related to Malaysian Airline Flight MH17 , a Boeing 777 aircraft carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members, that was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17 by a ground-to-air missile. So far, its unclear that who is behind the tragic incident, while Ukraine and the insurgents blamed each other. Within just a week, at least six bogus Facebook pages that popped up the names of the Boeing 777 victims. According to the Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, three of the fraudulent pages were created in the names of children who were on the plane and died. The bogus Fac
LOL, Jar File Malware Just Goes Viral Through Facebook Messages

LOL, Jar File Malware Just Goes Viral Through Facebook Messages

May 14, 2014Swati Khandelwal
If you came across any suspicious Facebook message with ‘ LOL ’ text or a fake Image file send by any of your Facebook friend, avoid clicking it. A Trojan horse is currently circulating in wild through the Facebook social network that could steal your Facebook account data and Credentials. Security researchers spotted  this malware campaign first in the beginning of March this year, where the Trojan spreads itself through the Facebook’s Messenger service (inbox) by messaging a victim pretending to be one of their friends saying "LOL" with a zip file attached, which appears to be a photo, named " IMG_xxxx.zip ". In Past two weeks, many of our readers informed us that they received similar ZIP files from their trusted Facebook friends. The Hacker News team also noticed that despite after several warnings in media, once again the malware campaign just goes viral like any other video scam , but this time directly through users’ inbox-to-inbox. HOW DOES
BEWARE of new Facebook Malware Claims, 'Malaysia Plane MH370 Has Been Spotted'

BEWARE of new Facebook Malware Claims, 'Malaysia Plane MH370 Has Been Spotted'

March 14, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Hackers are very smart on gaining from every opportunity they get and this time the lost  Malaysian Airlines flight MH370  gave them a chance to hijack, not the plane, but you all sitting over their operating your Facebook account and having an eye on every news related to the Mysterious Malaysian plane. Spammers are taking advantage of the lost Malaysian plan and spam spreading malware on the Facebook, abusing the mystery behind the Malaysia airplane MH370 that has gone missing by the time it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The hackers are redirecting Facebook users to the malicious websites using a fake Facebook post, claims that missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370,  a Boeing 777-200 aircraft  has been found in the Bermuda Triangle with its passengers still alive and invites users to click a link to view breaking news video footage. Title of the fake video: Malaysia Plane MH370 Has Been Spotted Somewhere Near Bermuda Triangle. Shocking Videos Release Today. When the user
Facebook 'Watch naked video of friends' malware scam infects 2 million people

Facebook 'Watch naked video of friends' malware scam infects 2 million people

March 08, 2014Wang Wei
We have seen a lot of Facebook malware and virus infections spreading through friends list, and this time a new clickjacking scam campaign is going viral on Facebook. Hackers spam Facebook timeline with a friend's picture and " See (Friend)'s naked video," or "(Friend Name's) Private Video. " The Picture appears to be uploaded by a friend and definitely, you might want to see some of your Facebook friends naked, But Beware!  If you get curious and click, you will be redirected to a malicious website reports that your Flash Player is not working properly and needs to be re-installed. But in actuality it will install a malware in your system and once approved, several disguised thing can happen to you. It further installs a malicious  browser extension to spread the scam and steal users’ photos. " When the link is clicked, users are sent to a very realistic-looking mockup of a YouTube page, where the hackers will try to imme
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