WARNING – Facebook Dislike button spreads fast, but is a fake – watch out!

May 16, 2011 by  
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Don’t be too quick to click on links claiming to “Enable Dislike Button” on Facebook, as a fast-spreading scam has caused problems for social networking users this weekend.

 

Messages claiming to offer the opposite to a like button have been appearing on many Facebook users’ walls:

fb dislike button3 WARNING   Facebook Dislike button spreads fast, but is a fake   watch out!

Facebook now has a dislike button! Click 'Enable Dislike Button' to turn on the new feature!

 

Like the “Preventing Spam / Verify my account” scam which went before it, the scammers have managed to waltz past Facebook‘s security to replace the standard “Share” option with a link labelled “Enable Dislike Button”.

The fact that the “Enable Dislike Button” link does not appear in the main part of the message, but lower down alongside “Link” and “Comment”, is likely to fool some users into believing that it is genuine.

 

Clicking on the link, however, will not only forward the fake message about the so-called “Fakebook Dislike button” to all of your online friends by posting it to your profile, but also run obfuscated Javascript on your computer.

 

The potential for malice should be obvious.

 

As we’ve explained before, there is no official dislike button provided by Facebook and there isn’t ever likely to be. But it remains something that many Facebook users would like, and so scammers have often used the offer of a “Dislike button” as bait for the unwary.

 

Here’s another example that is spreading, attempting to trick you into pasting JavaScript into your browser’s address bar, before leading you to a survey scam:

dislike button address bar3 WARNING   Facebook Dislike button spreads fast, but is a fake   watch out!

 

If you use Facebook and want to learn more about spam, malware, scams and other threats, you should join the Sophos Facebook page where we have a thriving community of over 80,000 people.


By Graham Cluley @ nakedsecurity.sophos.com



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2 Responses to “WARNING – Facebook Dislike button spreads fast, but is a fake – watch out!”
  1. Tammy says:

    Wow, that is a great warning. It would be awful to install this and give viruses to everyone who comes to your site. NOT a great PR tool, for sure! Thanks for the post – it’s reasons like this that I like your site – Tammara Acerra

  2. Man, don’t theses people have anything constructive to do? I’m too busy trying to make a living to mess around with stuff like this. How do these people have extra time on their hands, and why do harm when they could be doing good or spend their time online making money? Thanks for letting me rant.

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