Facebook spam

Graham Cluley

As more and more companies put anti-spam defences in place at their email gateway, and home users hide beneath the umbrella of junk mail protection that their ISP or web email account provide, spammers may have to become more inventive in how they get their marketing messages in front of punters.

We’ve spoken a lot about Facebook security in the past, but mostly from the point of view of identity theft and the productivity challenge.  Now we are seeing spammers sending messages directly to Facebook users’ “walls” (essentially a graffiti area where you pals can scrawl whatever you like).

Here are some examples of Facebook spam that I have seen on users’ walls where their “friends” have left a spam message promoting a drug store that will allegedly help you enhance your sexual organs:

I can’t believe that someone is manually entering these spam messages and posting them on Facebook.  It must be an…

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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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