If there’s one thing we can learn from Facebook and social networking in general, it’s that if people are enticed with illicit material and anything labeled “shocking,” their anti-malware sensors malfunction.
I’ve been seeing a disappointing number of folks in my Facebook feed “adding” these “sexiest ever” or “most shocking naughty students/shark attack/angry pensioner caught on tape” groups after being lured by the promise of viewing clips that show the promised sex, violence or wipeouts. This particular round is titled in a not very legitimate sounding way to begin with- “OMG The Most Shocking Video Caught On Camera Girl Being Attacked By A Shark.”
Sophos examines the latest Facebook clickjacking attempt that has, by its duplicitous nature, gone viral:
(After opening the page, when) you agree to click on the coloured buttons (and I have to wonder why you would) then you are actually being clickjacked – secretly liking and sharing the link with all of your Facebook friends. You’re in good company at least – thousands of other Facebook users have done the same…
As with previous, similar attacks, the group then mercilessly spams your friends, possibly drawing them in and making you look like a complete noob in the process. On their blog, Sophos chides:
And now you’re a fan of that page they’re free to send your updates and messages, and potentially spam you or send you malicious links. What’s worse – you’ve endorsed the page and shared it with your online mates… All because you wanted to watch a shocking video of a girl being attacked by a shark.
When presented with the dangling “shocking” footage, please bear in mind that this is the internet. If a clip was that horribly awesome, it would be freely available- not behind a series of walls on Facebook. Besides, if you’re really feeling that bloodthirsty, it’s still Shark Week for a couple more days.
[via 1000 Books, 1000 Miles]