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Spam from your Facebook account? Malware attack poses as official warning

Published by pratyushkp on April 27th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Cybercriminals are adopting a new disguise, following last week’s “Facebook password changed” malware attack.

Computer users are discovering malicious code has been sent to their email inboxes, pretending to be a notification from Facebook that their social networking account has been used to send out spam.

Spam is sent from your FaceBook account

A typical message reads:

Dear client

Spam is sent from your FaceBook account.

Your password has been changed for safety.

Information regarding your account and a new password is attached to the letter.
Read this information thoroughly and change the password to complicated one.

Please do not reply to this email, it's automatic mail notification!

Thank you.
FaceBook Service.

The attack would, perhaps, be a little more successful at fooling more people if it had gone through a grammar check and if the perpetrators had paid more attention to the fact that it’s spelt “Facebook” not “FaceBook”.

Nevertheless, there are doubtless some computer users who might be tempted to open the attached ZIP file and infect their computers with malware.

We’ve seen similar attacks before, of course – and I imagine that cybercriminals will continue to use ruses like this when spreading their malware. Plenty of people are hooked on Facebook, and a message telling them that their password has been reset is likely to send them into palpitations and they may open the unsolicited attachment without thinking.

After all, it’s not as though spam being sent from Facebook accounts is unusual.

If only more people realised that they cannot trust the “from:” address in an email, as it is so easily forged. In this case it presents itself as being from "Facebook Help" , but in reality it could just as easily be a Hungarian hacker, a Finnish fraudster or a Serbian scammer who initiated the widespread spam attack.

Sophos products intercept the attack as Mal/BredoZp-B.

If you are one of those many people who can’t get enough of Facebook in their lives, can stay informed about the latest scams by joining the Sophos Facebook page, where more than 70,000 people regularly share information on threats and discuss the latest security news.

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Facebook Scam: Fake Event Invitation Claims To Show Who Viewed Your Profile

Published by pratyushkp on April 26th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Another day, another Facebook profile scam.

This latest con, promising a peek at who has viewed your profile, is spreading via an event invite titled “WOW Now you can see anyone who looks at your profile!”

The invitation includes a link to a page that resembles a Facebook event page. Here, instructions guide you through copying and pasting a piece of javascript into your browser’s address bar, which you definitely don’t want to do.

Clicking the event’s “I’m Attending” button–don’t!–will likely push the scam to your friends’ news feeds.

In addition, an equally unsafe how-to video on getting free Facebook credits is embedded at the bottom of the phony page.

These kinds of Facebook scams surface frequently, sometimes as fake apps, other times as spammy Wall posts or instant messages. As usual, you should be wary of any Facebook event, app or message that promises to reveal who is looking at your profile.

If you’ve accidentally clicked on this invite, we recommend you remove all traces of the event from your news feed and wall, and double check your Facebook app settings.

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A First Look at Facebook’s New Deals

Published by pratyushkp on April 26th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Tomorrow, Facebook’s new Deals featurewill be launching in five cities around the U.S.; here’s a first glimpse of how those offers will look and function.

Facebook logo

Image via Wikipedia

First, users who opt into Deals will get to see opportunities specific to their locations. Those offers will arrive via email or, in some cases, will appear in the user’s news feed on Facebook.

To be clear, these aren’t like the checkin-based deals for mobile users that Facebook launched for its nascent Places platform; while the initial mobile Deals product competed with Foursquare, the new product competes more with Groupon.

Each deal will have its own Facebook landing page, as shown below. Users can “Like” a deal, share it via several channels on the site, or opt to buy it right away. When purchasing the deal, users can pay with credit card or Facebook Credits.

It’s unknown whether Facebook will make more money from Credits purchases than from traditional ones. A rep said via email, “We’re not disclosing details about revenue splits, but paying with Credits will work the same way as paying with a credit card. It’s simply another way for people to pay for Deals. We think this just makes things easier for people using Facebook.”

Check out the gallery below for a walkthrough of signing up for, finding, buying and sharing the new Facebook Deals.

Source -: Mashable Blog

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LinkedIn Launches Personalised News Aggregator

Published by pratyushkp on April 24th, 2011 - in Social, Technology
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Uses your profile information to give you news relevant to your profession

LinkedIn unveiled its brand new service  LinkedIn Today at a press conference today in California. The new service is a news aggregator that uses your LinkedIn account information to generate a feed of relevant news stories.  The service uses an algorithm to analyze the details in your profile to determine the kind of stories that would be conducive to your profession.

The service also allows news stories to be flagged in either from LinkedIn or from Twitter for those who have linked their Twitter accounts with LinkedIn. A similar effort is under way to incorporate Facebook likes to flag stories in a similar manner, but no immediate Facebook support is available at the moment. There’s also a plan to place LinkedIn share buttons on major news websites. LinkedIn’s iPhone app will also get Today service.

Check out the screenshot to see how the top story slideshow looks like. As expected the stories are relevant to your industry, so a tech journalist will get geeky feeds while someone more politically inclined will be have his feed full of scams and the likes. The stories get the typical LinkedIn networking tweak by displaying who shared the story and along with “Sections” of the main being created from each users’ LinkedIn profiles. You can add news stories from other fields as well.

LinkedIn Today seems to be more than a mere aggregator. It’s smart algorithm based feed uses your professional details to provide relevant news and also adds a social twist to the mix by letting professionals interact by sharing news stories, leading to conversations, contacts and hence job/business opportunities.

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Zynga Discontinues Mafia Wars Game On Myspace

Published by pratyushkp on April 23rd, 2011 - in Social, Technology

It’s not a good sign for a social network when game developers begin to shut down applications all together. And it appears that Zynga is shuttering its Mafia Wars game on beleaguered social network Myspace.

According to a notice on the Mafia Wars homepage within Myspace, Zynga is discontinuing Mafia Wars on Myspace beginning today but is encouraging users to continue playing Mafia Wars at Interestingly, Zynga leads users to its own independent gaming portal as opposed to directing users to the Facebook version of the game.

We’ve reached out to Zynga for comment, but it’s likely that the social gaming giant shut the game down because there simply weren’t enough players to justify keeping the game alive. While the page for the game says it has 13 million active users, this is unlikely considering Mafia Wars on Facebook currently has 16.8 million monthly active users. It’s no secret that Myspace is hemorrhaging users and it really doesn’t make sense for Zynga to put resources into something that has an incredibly low user count.

For those of you who still play Zynga games on Myspace, it appears that Zynga hasn’t shut down all of its titles. Zynga Poker, YoVille, Vampire Wars, Fashion Wars, Special Forces and Pirates are still alive. For now.

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