Beware "Error Check System" Facebook application

Graham Cluley

Some Facebook users were bombarded with bogus warnings this weekend saying that friends had had problems viewing their profile. The reason? A rogue Facebook application called “Error Check System” that was sending misleading notification messages.

The typical warning read:

[Name] has faced some errors when checking your profile View The Errors Message

Of course there was nothing really wrong with the recipient’s profiles, and the misleading notifications were an attempt by a third party Facebook application to recruit more users, and – potentially – steal personal information from profiles…

Read more in my article at 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.