Van Gogh Museum hit by Facebook scammers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is famous for having the world’s largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s drawings and paintings. But it has another reason to draw our attention today – scammers have managed to compromise its official Facebook presence.

Regular readers of Sophos’s Naked Security site will be only too familiar with the survey scams that plague Facebook, spread usually via rogue applications that have used social engineering to trick innocent users into giving their permission to post to their walls.

What may surprise some is that this isn’t just a problem for your personal Facebook pages – it can also affect fan pages which you may administer (for instance, pages which represent your organisation or company).

In other words, if your personal page falls foul of a scam then the bad guys can also automatically post messages to your company Facebook page too – potentially impacting the thousands…

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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