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Facebook Memes: not always innocuous

A short comment piece on how Facebook memetic games could be used in a data aggregation attack.

Facebook logins toxic for employers, violate security and privacy principles

Attention CEOs and HR Managers: Facebook login credentials belonging to current or prospective employees are not something that any employer should request, use, or posses. Why? Apart from the violation of security and privacy principles? The risks far outweigh any benefit you imagine you could gain by logging into a social media account that does

Modern viral propagation: Facebook, shocking videos, browser plugins

Fraudsters continue to innovate their scam propagation methods. Again using Facebook and a pretense of a shocking video, they also utilize browser plugins to execute malicious scripts. We also see how the malware scene is intertwined, when the user is directed to a dubious Potentially Unwanted Application. Facebook auto-like scams have been commonplace on the

Security awareness, security breaches, and the abuse of "stupid"

Computer security is not created, nor is it improved, by calling people stupid. That's the conclusion I have arrived at after more than two decades in computer security and auditing. To put it another way, we should stop dropping the "S" bomb, especially when it comes to people who don't know any better. Consider the

Facebook/app data privacy – sharing gone wild

So you browse your favorite restaurant review site and settle on a great Mediterranean restaurant, and “magically” a variety of preferences get fed back to your Facebook profile, to be shared, re-shared and re-shared, ricocheting around the internet to form purportedly value-added experiences elsewhere you visit. That’s great news if you want your preferences bounced

Valentine's Day Scams: For the love of money

Scam artists and cybercriminals are looking to turn romance into profit now that Valentine's Day approaches, possibly taking over your computer in the process. According to ESET researchers in Latin America, we can expect the quest for love to be leveraged as an effective social engineering ploy to enable the bad guys to infect unsuspecting

How to improve Facebook account protection with Login Approvals

Privacy and security issues have generated a lot of criticism of Facebook in the past, some of which has been published here on the ESET Threat Blog. So it is only fair that we give Facebook credit for positive steps it has taken on the security front. One security measure that has impressed me recently

Facebook Fakebook: New Trends in Carberp Activity

Facebook fraud, Carberp, statistics and a DDoS plugin.

Facebook scam: the hours I spend…

Facecrooks has flagged a scam that has apparently already tricked 300,000 people into Liking a scam page.

Welcome to Facebook f-commerce platform – and Own/Want features

As increasing sectors of the internet migrate to Facebook as a deployment platform (Zygna, etc.), a new effort aims to spread the preference aggregation features to include things users either own or would like to own. By allowing users to add Own and Want buttons to their profile, users can highlight both a Wishlist and

Facebook, your birthday #1, and survey scams

What was number one when you were born? Facebook survey scammers aren’t going to tell you.

Beware of SOPA Scams

Tomorrow, on January 18, 2012, dozens of popular websites covering a diverse range of subjects will be blacking out their home pages in protest of the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  Some of these websites are well-known, such as the English language web site for the encyclopedic Wikipedia and quirky news site Boing Boing,

Facebook’s timeline to fraud-a-geddon?

If you use Facebook you’ve probably heard of Timeline, a “new” feature that replaces the “traditional” profile page. However, you may be confused by Timeline–I know I am–and confusion could make you the target of a growing number of Timeline-related scams. As of January 3rd, the watchful folks at Inside Facebook were reporting 16 Timeline-related

Facebook scam #umpteen: having your cheesecake and eating it…

…there’s an uptick today in rogue “Eat for Free at Cheesecake Factory!” wall posts…it’s a survey scam with no payoff. Well, not for you. The scammers seem to be doing quite nicely out of it.

Facebook credit score?

We recently noted that the data broker industry, in conjunction with social media outlets will become increasingly relied upon as a kind of shadow credit score for judging candidates’ qualifications. Now we see a startup that uses your Facebook profile directly to determine a “credit score” used for microloans. We hear horror stories of lost

Spam campaign uses Blackhole exploit kit to install SpyEye

This article was written in collaboration with my colleague Jean-Ian Boutin. The Wigon botnet (also known as Cutwail) is being used in a massive spam campaign. A multitude of ruses are used to get the user to click on a link: fake LinkedIn or Facebook notifications, free Windows licenses, fake deliveries etc. The links are

Facebook Worm: ZeuS is not your (FB) Friend

CSIS have reported a worm that really does spread through Facebook…but it’s unsafe to use VirusTotal to compare product detection.

Facebook FTC Settlement Means 20 Years of Federal Privacy Audits

The FTC has just announced its eight-count deception charge against Facebook has been settled, with the world's largest social network submitting to a wide array of remedies that include 20 years of privacy auditing and strict controls on how the company deals with your personal data in the future. In this post I will explain

Facebook Christmas Tree Virus: it’s Still a Hoax

“Old hoaxes never die”: last year’s Christmas Tree App Facebook “virus” warning is circulating again.

Facebook Invitation and the Olympic Torch

Old hoaxes never die. They just get transplanted to Facebook.

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