Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton
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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Facebook Warning

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A friend had her Facebook account hacked yesterday and this message was sent

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You look just right on this secret video.
OPS (OPS? sic... Oops)
http://www.geocities.com/wsrthoxzd/index.htm?07dch27db=11606d (link changed)

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What was ingenious about this is that:
  1. it plays on your curiosity and expectation of a dirty videos hence your propensity to click ;)
  2. it's from a trusted source, a Facebook friend
  3. Clicking on the link you get presented with a very authentic screen (OK it's hosted at Geocities, which is wrong!). There are embed codes, a video screen and comment option.
  4. Then a pop up appears telling you do not have an updated Flash Player
  5. You are offered an update to save and run...
Save and run the update at your peril.

Always source updates from the original software sites eg. Flash Player from adobe.com, or from a reputable site like download.com

Looks like she wasn't the only one. Lindsay Lohan had her account hacked too. Happens to the best of us ;)

5 comments:

Trixie said...

Hhhhmmmm....I've had a couple of messages saying to upload my flash player recently...but that was going on a Nicktoon site for the kids. Me thinks I better do a full virus/spybot/whatever else I've got check.

Lavender said...

I just dont get the people who think these things up, and then do all that work to set them up, get them going....what whackjobs!

Young Werther said...

Hey Trixie, forgot to mention that one of the better free checkers is Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware loacted at http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

Good Luck!

Young Werther said...

Maybe it wasn't such a good recommendation... someone mentioned that it screwed up their PC :(

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