Miley Cyrus sex tape is bait for Facebook phishing

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Watch out for messages like the following which are popping up on Facebook:

Omg Miley Cyrus sex tape http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=[LINK]

They are, in fact, leading users to a phishing website which hopes that you’ll be so excited about the prospect of seeing a sex tape of the Hannah Montana singing sensation that you won’t notice that you’re being asked to log in to a rudimentary fake copy of Facebook’s front page:

We all like to think that we’re too smart to fall for a trick like this, but the truth is that you only need to be careless once for the hackers to be successful.

Identity thieves are keen to gain control of your social networking accounts – as they can use them to steal information about you, trick others into scams, and spread spam and malware campaigns from your account.

At least some of the messages appear to be being published from legitimate…

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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