Malware Minute: Facebook – A Haven for Scams, Phishing & Threats

By GFI Vipre

No matter how fun and interesting (not to mention newsworthy) Facebook is, the said social networking site has indeed become a haven to a motley of threats, from scams, to nasty apps, to phishing pages. Users who spent much of their time in there would probably be familiar with wall posts from friends or other contacts cajoling them to “see who is stalking you.”

We found a new version of such a post lurking on Facebook recently. In all respects, this “Stalker Tracker” is the same as its predecessors, from the link to where users can find it to displaying (You guessed it) surveys:

What makes this one personal, thus extra special, is not much about hinting on an unnamed “ex” but the somewhat-exciting-if-not-freaking-horrible possibility of that certain someone checking out your profile. Clicking the link found at the bottom of the spam post eventually leads users to profilespyxs(dot)info.

This website contains various other pages. It also has a redirect link to a Facebook page called “Profile Peekers” and a page designed to launch a survey. The “Profile Peekers” page has a section containing JavaScript code where visitors can readily copy from and paste into their Internet browser address bar. This code is responsible for posting the spam on walls, thus, spreading the scam further.

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What sets this survey scam apart from the rest of its kind is the way it presents the survey to users. The initial page looks normal:


…until a second splash window is displayed so it sits on top of the first one.

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2 thoughts on “Malware Minute: Facebook – A Haven for Scams, Phishing & Threats

  1. So many social networking sites. Too many. Just stick with text messaging. I really don’t see the point anyway. Why does anyone care that their 945 “friends” are having a crap in the toilet? ‘Just off out to get me a chicken kebab’ or whatever. Just get rid of the things. They’re pointless anyway and how much money do YOU get from their sites?! I’m guessing NONE. You do all the work, yet the social networking sites’ owners get all the money. That’s fair!

  2. I got out of Facebook, deleted all my friends, photos and all personal information. I then cancelled my membership. I was able to “Google” myself and so much information was showing up, all from Facebook. Even information checked off to be private. Received spam email everyday from people claiming to be Facebook members. Scary stuff!

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