The world’s worst McDonald’s customer? Beware rogue Facebook app spreading rapidly

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Thousands of Facebook users are spreading a message to their online friends, urging them to see a “shocking video” that claims to be of the world’s worst McDonald’s customer.

The messages read:

OMG the worlds worst mcdonalds customer (shocking video must see)

followed by a bit.ly link.

Clicking on the link takes you to a Facebook application called “Worst McD’s Customer”, which asks permission to post to your wall, access your data at any time, access your contact information and your list of friends, amongst other things.

If you’re sensible you’ll pull out at this point, and not grant the application permission to access your data. But sadly plenty of people are keen to see the “shocking video” and will hand over control to the rogue Facebook app – which promptly posts the link as a status update to your Facebook wall – thus perpetuating the cycle.

If you were foolhardy enough to fall for this trick, remove the references to the link from…

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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