Reported to Facebook for violating their terms of service?

Graham Cluley

It’s less than a week since a rogue third-party application called “Error Check System” blitzed Facebook users claiming that there was a problem with their profiles, sending concerned users to malicious websites as they searched for information.

Now, another Facebook application is using underhand methods to collect the details of users, by sending them bogus notification messages that a friend has reported them for violating Facebook’s terms of service.

A typical message sent by the “F a c e b o o k — closing down!!!” application reads as follows:

“[Friend’s name] has just reported you to Facebook for violating our Terms of Service. – This is your official warning! – Click here to find out why you were reported! – Request Facebook look at what has happened…

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.