May 25, 2010

Facebook Users Warned Of Sex Video Scam

On Tuesday, a major computer security firm urged Facebook to set up an early-warning system after hundreds of users were attacked by a new wave of fake sex video ploys.

Sophos warned users of the world's biggest social networking site to be on guard against any posting entitled "distracting beach babes," which shows a thumbnail of a woman in a bikini.

The British-based virus fighter said the malicious posts appear as if they are coming from Facebook users' friends, but it urged recipients not to click the thumbnail.

Sophos said users are taken to a rogue Facebook application if they click on it, which informs them that they do not have the right player software installed.

The attack tricks users into installing adware, a software package that automatically plays, displays or downloads advertisements on their computer.

Sophos said that "hundreds of thousands" of Facebook users were thought to have received the posts over the past weekend.

A similar scam happened on Facebook recently that involved a fake posting tagged as the "sexiest video ever."

"It's time for Facebook to set up an early warning system on their network, through which they can warn their almost 500 million users about breaking threats as they happen," Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, told AFP News.

"A simple message appearing on all users' screens warning them of the outbreak would have helped in halting the attack," he said.

"Unless something is done, it won't be surprising if there is another widespread attack this coming weekend, affecting thousands more users."

Facebook is already under growing criticism after revealing users' information too freely on the Internet.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that the website "missed the mark" with its complex privacy controls and would reveal simpler features in the coming weeks.


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