Oslo Bombing Facebook Scam Infects One Per Second

Monday, July 25, 2011

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Security provider Websense is warning Facebook users of a viral malware threat that is capitalizing on the recent Oslo, Norway bombing tragedy that is infecting users on the social network at an alarming rate.

"Right now it seems to be infecting one user every second. The scam is a form of ‘clickjacking’ that replicates itself on users’ walls after they click on fake posts within their news feed," Websense reports.

Cyber criminals increasingly use trending news events and tragedies to lure unsuspecting web surfers to spam advertising sites and for infecting careless users with malicious code like data-sniffing trojans and malware.

"Users should also be cautious when clicking on breaking news trends and stories within search results related to the Oslo tragedy. Websense Security Labs have found that searching for breaking trends and current news represented a higher risk (22.4%) than searching for objectionable content (21.8%), including pxxnography," Websense warns.

The following is a sample of the scam-bate links seen on Facebook:

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"This Facebook scam is unfortunate, but a very real threat. Criminals know how to take advantage of disasters and the hottest news items to get people to click on infected links. Tragedy is just one type of news that the bad guys use to exploit, compromise and infect your computer," stated Websense.

Enticements to view sensational videos are one of the leading attack vectors aimed at web users. According to a report released this spring by researchers at PandaLabs, videos/multimedia, installers/updates, and cracks/keygens accounted for about 63% of the links leading to malware infected sites.

"Videos are an especially popular lure, we saw the same thing when Osama bin Laden died and when Casey Anthony was acquitted. During times of crisis or breaking news, your best bet is to stick with the largest news organizations you trust. Avoid the potentially dangerous halls of search engines and social media sites, which are more susceptible to compromise and manipulation," Websense advises.

Source:  http://community.websense.com/blogs/websense-insights/archive/2011/07/23/oslo-bombing-facebook-scams-infecting-1-user-every-second.aspx

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