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Spammers exploit Facebook flaw with auto-replicating links
« on: 08. September 2010., 07:17:51 »


Spammers have taken advantage of a vulnerability in Facebook to spread auto-replicating links, a trick that makes it possible to spread crud without using social engineering.

Simply clicking on any application spam links was enough to "share" the application to the user's wall, net security firm F-Secure explains: http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002024.html , adding that the links had stopped working by late on Monday.

While Facebook has contained this threat, others along the same lines are likely to follow, not least because spammers have taken to web 2.0 sites as channels for crud promotion or (increasingly) to distribute survey scams.

For example, comment spam promoting a survey that supposedly offered an iPad as a prize for completion was brazenly posted to a YouTube channel maintained by Sophos earlier this week, as illustrated by a blog post here: http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2010/09/07/video-fan-scammer-survey-spam-youtube

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Spammers exploit Facebook flaw with auto-replicating links
« on: 08. September 2010., 07:17:51 »




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Re: Spammers exploit Facebook flaw with auto-replicating links
« Reply #1 on: 08. September 2010., 14:43:32 »
Facebook need to get on these quick. Such an exploit could be used for many nefarious activities.

The exploit seems not unlike EMail worms.
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Re: Spammers exploit Facebook flaw with auto-replicating links
« Reply #2 on: 02. February 2011., 06:58:23 »
you are right, Exploit could be used for many nefarious activities.facebook should take an action !!

 

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