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Facebook Follower Scam Prompts Victims to Inject Themselves with Dangerous Code

More than 17,000 Facebook users were tricked by a bold scam that promised them over 100,000 followers on the social network and made them willingly inject dangerous code in their browser. Bitdefender has started to analyze the dubious profile promoting the scam after several Facecrooks fans complained about the social engineering trick. Hackers behind the scam could be of Turkish origin. It all started with...

Fans Tricked with Fake Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015

Bitdefender fans are not the only ones excited about the 2015 suite release in the works - scammers are also preoccupied with the new antivirus edition. They have started promoting fraudulent links on YouTube and Facebook promising the 2015 edition. The fake Bitdefender antivirus download posted on YouTube leads users to fraudulent surveys and premium SMS scams. The video had hundreds of views and several F...

Scammers Turning to Facebook for Targeting, Research Shows

Scammers are increasingly taking advantage of Facebook targeting tools and user trust to tout cheap pharmaceuticals, designer replicas and other products in a trend dangerously reminiscent of traditional spam, according to Bitdefender research. The rapid growth of the social network and precision of its advertising tools are prompting criminals to lure Facebook users with tempting offers that may, like trad...

Facebook Users Scammed with Fake Zara, H&M, Amazon Gift Cards

Scammers are using fake Zara, H&M and Amazon vouchers to lure unwary Facebook users to fraudulent surveys that could lead to theft and privacy invasion. The free Bitdefender application Safego alerted users to the phony promotions that could steal their financial and personal details and leave them with their bank accounts empty. The scam starts with an enticing message on users’ timeline promising gift...

Scam Promises Naked Videos of Facebook Friends, Drops Trojan Instead, Bitdefender Warns

More than 1,000 people have been tricked into installing a Trojan after clicking on a new Facebook scam that promises naked videos of their friends. According to Bitdefender Labs, the countries with the most detected infections are Romania, the UK, Italy, France and Germany. The scam has just started to make rounds on the social network and can multiply itself and tag users’ friends extremely quickly. Over ...

Fake Amazon, YouTube, Facebook Notifications Sell Viagra

A series of spam emails seek to sell prescription drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, antidepressants by tricking users into thinking they missed important notes from eBay, Skype, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Amazon and need to click a link to catch up. If clicked, the link leads users to three different online shops that distribute antibiotics, antidepressants, weight loss pills, ant...

New Charity Scam Claims Parents Can’t Afford Surgery

A new charity scam spreading on Facebook claims parents can't afford surgery for their sick baby, according to Hoax Slayer. Once again, scammers “trade” likes, comments and shares for $1 to $100. After gaining user engagement and compassion, they can redirect likes towards fraudulent or malicious profiles and pages. The hoax features an image of a baby with a large surgery scar lying in a hospital bed. The ...

Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp for $19 Billion

Facebook has agreed to acquire the mobile messaging company WhatsApp for about $19 billion, according to the BBC. The cross-platform will get $4bn in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares and, later on, $3bn in stock for its founders and 50 employees. Until now, Facebook's biggest acquisition was Instagram, for which it paid $1bn in 2012. "WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that ...

’Profile Viewer’ Add-on Infects Facebook Users with Carfekab Trojan

Facebook users worldwide may be exposed to the Carfekab Trojan spreading in a new virulent campaign on the social network. The 'Profile Viewers' add-on entices users with the promise of seeing their stalkers on Facebook. Over 2,400 .tk domains have already been registered for malicious purposes. The browser extension fraudulently gathers 'likes' and spreads from one timeline to another. The downloaded “.exe...

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Facebook.com; Domain is Now Restored

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked Facebook.com Wednesday night after breaching the registrar, according to Security Week. The domain was restored in the meantime to "domain@fb.com". The hacking group wished Mark Zuckerberg a happy birthday on Facebook’s 10th year of existence, and left a message stating that Facebook is now owned by #SEA. On their Twitter account, the hackers showed how they allegedly chang...

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