Heads up FB friends! New chain letter spreads on Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A new chain letter is spreading across Facebook, posted by users in an apparent attempt to warn others about rogue applications.

HEADS UP FB friends, Some applications are sending not too nice messages under YOUR identity. If you don’t want to get in trouble with your friends, copy paste this message! And if you receive a nasty message from ME, rest assured I’m NOT the one who sent it. Most come from a post saying xx answered a question about you. DONT GO TO THE SITE! Re-post this!!! Hackers are at it again!

Many Facebook users have reposted the message in the last 24 hours.

The warning message is correct in so much as there are many rogue applications spreading across the Facebook platform, which can post scam messages under your name.

But to suggest that you won’t get into any trouble with your friends if you post the above message isn’t really any protection at all. …

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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