Facebook profile views and white iPhone 4 helps rogue apps spread virally

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Last week I explained how scammers are spreading rogue applications virally over Facebook, pretending to offer you the ability to either see who has been viewing your profile, or count how many views your Facebook profile has received.

I’m afraid that the scams continue to affect Facebook users at a tremendous rate – and the security team at Facebook don’t appear to have been able to stamp it out. Here’s a YouTube video where I show the scam in action:

So, the onus is on Facebook users to be smarter about which links they click on. When I followed one of the links from a Facebook test account I created, it took me to a page which tried to lure me with the offer of a white iPhone. All I had to do was enter my mobile phone number (and thus sign myself up for…

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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