Facebook unnamed app: Hackers poison search results

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Thanks to Clu-blog reader Jamie for contacting me regarding a scare that is currently spreading bewteen Facebook users.

Users of the social-networking site are warning each other of what is rumoured to be a rogue application, spying on their activities on Facebook. Users are told in the warning that they can find the “Unnamed app” by going to “Settings”/”Application Settings” and then choosing “Add to Profile” from the drop-down box.

Here’s a typical example of the message that is being passed around:

ALERT >>>>> Has your facebook been running slow lately? Go to “Settings” and select “application settings”, change the dropdown box to “added to profile”. If you see one in there called “un named app” delete it… Its an internal spybot. Pass it on. about a minute ago…i checked and it was on mine.

Sure enough, when I went to look on a Facebook account I found an “Unnamed app”.

However, I’m not seeing any evidence that the…

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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.