Anaconda coughs up a hippo? It’s a Facebook scam spreading virally

Graham Cluley
@gcluley


Yet another rogue Facebook application is spreading its tentacles rapidly across the social networking system, posting messages from users’ compromised accounts claiming to be a link to a video of an anaconda coughing up an entire hippo.

A quick search on Facebook finds thousands of users who appear to have updated their status with the message about “the scariest snake ever”:

OMG, this is the biggest and scariest snake I have ever seen, check out this video

followed by a tiny.cc link.

As you can see in the following video, clicking on the link takes the unsuspecting Facebook user to a rogue application.

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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