Lost all respect for Miley Cyrus? Facebook survey scam spreads virally

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Toni, one of the members of the Sophos Facebook page, just got in touch with me asking if I’d seen the latest scam spreading virally across the social network.

Users are seeing messages posted by their online friends about teen popstar Miley Cyrus. They look like the following:

SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I saw this photo

We have seen a number of different URLs being used in the messages, but they all redirect to a page which shows a traffic sign-like image of the word “respect” crossed out in red.

The page also says “SICK! I lost all respect for Miley Cyrus when I saw this photo” followed by a large flashing graphical button labelled “CLICK HERE” under the message “Please click here, then ALLOW to see the photo.”

Regular readers of Naked Security like Toni will already be smelling something fishy at this point, but there will inevitably be some Facebook users who will feel…

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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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