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Uh-oh Facebook..

October 4, 2009 Leave a comment

In an article, “Facebook Hit With New Spyware Scam”, it has been reported that Facebook, on Thursday, was hit with yet another spyware attack – Hackers bypassed the social networking site’s captchas to create new accounts at will.

This time hackers managed to crack the security captchas — the words or letter combinations that users are asked to retype when registering — to create new Facebook accounts designed to steal users’ account and personal information.

Facebook spokesman Simon Axten told InternetNews.com the social-networking site is working to identify all the bogus accounts in order to disable them en masse.

“The URL contained in the profiles has already been blacklisted by the major Web browsers and blocked from being shared on Facebook,” he said. “We’re looking into how these accounts were created, but it’s very likely that the sign-up process was manual, or that the person behind the attack farmed out the captchas to be solved by humans for a price.”

Security software vendor Websense last month reported that 95 percent of user-generated comments on blogs, message boards and chatrooms are spam or contain links to malicious code.

“On the education front, we encourage users not to click on strange links and to take appropriate steps if they feel their computer or Facebook account has been compromised, Axten said.

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Ok, so much for this unethical hacking. We, Facebook users, have no control whatsoever in the propagation of these accounts, or a direct concern to the bypassing motives of other cyberusers. But that does not mean that we have to condone this apathy.

We can do our fair share for a much safer and better social networking lifestyle. As a quote above said, it is very crucial to practice secure internet surfing. By this, I mean that we should be aware of malicious links, mysterious advertisements, spam, or even unsecure websites. Our system also have to be equipped with antivirus and antispyware tools to combat this scams. Let’s do our part in upholding ethical browsing and let not be our intent to place the networked market into a grave state of net anarchy.

Posted by: Luigi Dollosa