Justin Bieber hasn’t hit a girl for no reason, it’s a Facebook survey scam

Graham Cluley
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Millions of girls around the world are fans of teeny-bop pop muppet Justin Bieber – a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by cybercriminals.

Here’s a message I’ve seen spreading across Facebook:

OH MY GOD!…Justin BIEBER Hits Girl For NO Reason!
OMG! This Is So Badd! >>> [link] <<<

Is it really likely that the pint-sized pop singer would have hit a girl? I find it unlikely, but if you were a pre-teen fan of Bieber and received this message on Facebook you would probably click first and think later.

Clicking on the link takes you to what poses as a Fox News TV report, showing an image of a young woman and the words “Click here”:

Put yourself into the mind of an eleven year old girl. By this time you’re in a frenzy to know more, and won’t think twice about clicking on and allowing a third party application access to your Facebook profile.

The rogue application will, if you give it permission, be able send you emails,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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