‘Teacher nearly killed this boy’ – rogue spamming Facebook app at large

Graham Cluley

Updated Hundreds of thousands of people have so far clicked on a link sent by a rogue Facebook application, which tempts users into giving the application access to their Facebook profile in exchange for seeing a “shocking video” of what is alleged to be a teacher physically assaulting a boy.

A quick search on Facebook reveals thousands of users are promoting the link on their newsfeeds, encouraging their friends and acquaintances to also add the application:

A typical message reads:

I am shocked!!! The teacher nearly killed this boy: http://bit.ly/aWeBMl – Worldwide scandal!

Clicking on the bit.ly link redirects Facebook users to a page promoting a Facebook application called “Teacher nearly kills a 13 year old boy. SHOCKING!”, which offers what appears to be a video thumbnail of the attack and the encouragement to “Click here, then ALLOW, to see the shocking video”.

However, if you are tempted to follow the on-screen…

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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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.