Facebook spammers seize control of 1.5 million user group

Graham Cluley

A Facebook group of 1.5 million computer users set up with the apparent intention of collecting five million people against the site’s revamped user interface has been commandeered by “Make Money Fast” spammers, who have plastered its Facebook page with adverts.

The group, entitled “5,000,000 against the new version of Facebook”, was the subject of newspaper headlines last year after it was discovered that it was gaining up to 200,000 new members every day as users protested against an unpopular new interface that Facebook had rolled-out for its users.

At the time of writing, although the group appears to have failed in its intention to persuade Facebook to revert to its previous look-and-feel, the group still has 1,519,704 members. However, its nature has changed – with it now being used as a platform to push get-rich-quick schemes to…

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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.