OMG? Not txtin again? Beware Facebook rogue applications

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Over the weekend I saw a large number of Facebook users were searching my blog for information about a Facebook scam that disguises itself as a status update saying the user will “never text again”. A couple of times in the last few months we’ve seen this is a successful method for encouraging hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting Facebook users to click on a link.

Well, from the scammers point of view, if it ain’t broke why fix it? Sure enough, they’re using the ploy again to dupe Facebook addicts.

OMG! Im never going to send another text message again after seeing this! <LINK>

At the time of writing, these messages appear to have slowed on Facebook. But that may be because they have been superceded by a yet another new incarnation of the campaign,…

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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