Facebook will close all accounts today? Rogue app spreads virally

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg really announced that all accounts will be closed today unless users take action?

Of course not. But it’s exactly the type of message that would get many users to click on a link without thinking of the possible consequences – especially if the message appears to have been shared with them by one of their Facebook friends.

Facebook will close down all accounts today. The official announcement was made by Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook Owner.
This is a simple step to keep your account working.
If you want to have you account from now, please verify your account. [LINK]

Clicking on the link isn’t advisable. It takes you to a normal Facebook application permissions dialog, the kind you’re probably all too familiar with if you spend much time on Facebook. However, this dialog box is requesting permissions for a rogue application – clicking “allow” will permit the app to post the message to your wall as…

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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