Watch a CNN segment where Rik Ferguson briefly talks about this threat attack I just received a Facebook message from a friend; it was a pretty standard one that is beginning to look familiar to a lot of us I am sure. Figure 1. Fake Facebook message What surprised me though, was the page that…Read More
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In a second attack, extremely reminiscent of the one that took place this weekend, Facebook users have once again been victimized by cybercriminals. Reports started surfacing this afternoon of yet another rogue Facebook application posting notifications to user profiles that said: (Name on my friend’s list) has just reported you to Facebook for violating our…Read More
UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw had his web-based email account compromised last Thursday. Jack Straw, former Home Secretary, used a Hotmail account as his sole public email address. Figure 1. Jack Straw’s contact information from http://www.jackstrawmp.org.uk/contactus.asp In a variation of a theme currently being used on social networking sites, 419 scammers used the compromised account…Read More
Over the weekend, an application of extremely dubious intent was released on Facebook. Called “The Error Check System“, this said application appears to be non-destructive, but spread very quickly and very widely and could in the process have collected thousands, hundreds of thousands even, of personal details. The application sent out notifications to Facebook users…Read More
At about 11pm GMT last night, 24th Feb, I heard people complaining that they were being sent unsolicited instant messages from their friends over a number of networks including Facebook, Google Chat, and AOL Instant Messenger. The messages weren’t sent by their friends, rather by cybercriminals who were using compromised accounts in order to phish…Read More