Friday, March 27, 2009

FACEBOOK HACKING


We’re sorry about the enormous amount of FacebookFacebook reviews news today, but this one seems really interesting. Apparently, one of those annoying “who do you like” Facebook applications called Secret Crush actually downloads and installs spyware on your computer. The application appears no different from other similar ones: it appears in your profile, saying that someone has a “secret crush” on you. Eager to find out who the secret admirer is, you install it, and instead of some lovin’, you get the infamous Zango spyware. Not nice.
The scam was discovered by security gateway vendor Fortinet, who claim that the threat is quite serious, since about 3 percent of Facebook’s users have already installed the adware-infested program. Although the users themselves have found out that Secret Crush is a scam a while ago, not everyone is in on the news, and users are probably still installing the app as we speak.
No wonder, because after a bit of research we’ve found out that several applications called “Secret Crush” or “Secret Crushes” are listed in the Facebook apps directory, and several of them have been marked by users as spyware. Some reports also claim that the application doesn’t install adware, but instead charges your cell phone for receiving SMS horoscope messages. It’s not quite clear what application does what here, but we suggest that you refrain from installing anything “secret” or “crush” related until the situation is clearer

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