Fake Facebook Dislike button scam stealing users' personal details

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facebook dislike graf.jpgAnother day, another Facebook scam ringing alarm bells over at security specialists Sophos. They’ve caught wind this time of a scam that tempts users into installing a Dislike button that does nothing more than trawl your profile for sensitive personal info.

The dodgy app lures Facebook users in by sending fake wall messages from the accounts of friends who’ve already fell foul to the cheats. Avoid any messages like “I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!” or “Get the official DISLIKE button now” that may pop up in your friends listings, as they are likely to be links to the offending install.

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The install itself is pretty long winded, requiring a suspicious amount of personal details to complete, and eventually re-directing the user to a the FaceMod Firefox add-on, itself a third-party and unauthorised Facebook Dislike app.

So, even though there are plenty of people out there hoping for a Dislike button to compliment the Like button, as it stands an official one simply isn’t out there. There’s every chance that Facebook will pop it in there eventually, and rest assured that if they did you wouldn’t have to go through an elaborate install process to get it. Until then avoid anything masquerading as the real deal.

Via: Sophos

Gerald Lynch
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  • This is really a very serious issue and Facebook must take immediate steps to ensure the privacy of its users.

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