Pamela Anderson, KFC, teacher beatings and toxic Canadians: Welcome to viral Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Regular readers of the Clu-blog are well acquainted by now with the concept of viral scams on Facebook which trick users into “liking” or “sharing” messages with their online friends in order to drive more traffic to a page – often containing a revenue-generating survey.

The problem is not insignificant, and even though Facebook is trying to shut down as many of these scams as quickly as it can, they keep popping up again and again like mushrooms.

Here are some of the examples I’ve just seen this morning:

OH MY GOD!…PAMELA ANDERSON prooves KFC is just DISGUSTING!
OMG this is SICK
This is just terrible please watch

I can’t imagine Colonel Sanders will be “liking” that one.

This Is SHOCKING! You’ll never want to eat fast food after seeing these IMAGES!
OMG… these IMAGES will make you never want to eat fast food again!

And we’ve seen…

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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