Facebook’s hot body dance videos lead to malware

Maybe when you received the email you didn’t think it was suspicious, or even if you did maybe you thought it was worth the risk.

Subject: Facebook message: Cute Girl Top Model Dancing

Message body: News from Facebook - Facebook Hot Body Dance Video Competition! Today: "Girls in beautiful black underwear dancing in the pub, showing off perfect bodies. Unbelievable Final!"

Fake Facebook email

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Of course, the spammed-out emails aren’t really from Facebook – and if you look carefully at the URL you are about to click on you would realise that it was taking you to a third-party website instead of the social networking site.

But I suspect that there’s a good proportion of people who would click on the link, and this is what they would see.

Dangerous website posing as dance video

Well, that’s not quite what you see. I’ve edited the image a little in case anyone is feeling a little bit squeamish.

The website is pretending to be Facebook and it shows a preview frame from a sexy dance video. If the tease piques your interest then all it says you need to do is download an “updated” version of Adobe Flash to view the movie.

Dangerous webpage encourages you to download fake version of Adobe Flash

Those with an interest in IT security know by now that they should only ever download a new version of Adobe Flash from Adobe’s own website, but there are plenty of people out there who don’t know that that’s the sensible thing to do.

And that’s who these hackers are preying upon. People who don’t realise that a quick thrill might result in a longterm loss of their identity, data or the contents of their bank account.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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