Charlie Sheen has NOT been found dead in his house, despite what Facebook clickjackers say

Filed Under: Clickjacking, Facebook, Social networks, Spam

A number of Naked Security readers have been in touch with us, regarding messages they have seen on Facebook claiming to link to a grotesque video of Charlie Sheen being found dead at his house, following a cardiac arrest.

Exclusive Video: Charlie Sheen found Dead at his House!

Exclusive Video: Charlie Sheen found Dead at his House!
Breaking News: Developing Story Charlie Sheen Dies from Cardiac Arrest and taken away in Ambulance!

RIP! Charlie Sheen found Dead at his House!

RIP! Charlie Sheen found Dead at his House!
Breaking News: Developing Story Charlie Sheen Dies from Cardiac Arrest and taken away in Ambulance!

The links are pointing to a FbVideo or FouTube clickjacking page, designed to lure ghoulish voyeurs into taking an online survey.

FouTube Charlie Sheen video page

The modus operandi is frankly identical to other scams we have seen in the last few days involving Sheen, Christina Aguilera and Emma Watson.

NoScriptA browser plugin like NoScript can prevent the clickjacking from taking place, but if you're not running something like that or not protected with software like Sophos then you may be unaware that you have reached a clickjacking page.

You would think that Charlie Sheen would have enough problems, without also having to contend with scammers spreading messages via Facebook that he has died. You can only imagine how his concerned family must feel if they see messages on social networks suggesting that the troubled TV and movie star has died.

Make sure that you stay informed about the latest scams spreading fast across Facebook and other internet attacks. Join the Sophos Facebook page, where more than 60,000 people regularly share information on threats and discuss the latest security news.

You could also do a lot worse than check out our best practices for better privacy and security on Facebook guide.

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4 Responses to Charlie Sheen has NOT been found dead in his house, despite what Facebook clickjackers say

  1. marc@mary.com · 1322 days ago

    how about making an exclusive compartment on this blog, concerning facebook? because i really have to admint, i get the feeling the only stuff you guys post about is facebook scams.. and thats kind of boring for people that don't use facebook at all.. or at least follow the tips you gave a long time before.. (i mean, why did you do that, if you still report every new scam? they are not very creative. thats like reporting that, despite guys on 4chan claimed charly sheen is dead, hes not. big surprise)
    I really would like to see some more security related stuff!
    please think about it!

    • cehawe · 1313 days ago

      Not least a Blog is to inform about trends. and actually malware, spam and scams moving to facebook is a huge one.

      just to say ;)

  2. If he has not yet been found dead, he will be eventually if he does not get help for hypomania!! Charlie you are exibing all signs!! Please get help!!! We love you!!!

  3. gypsypirate13 · 1314 days ago

    Whomever the creator of this bogus story is should work on his or her grammar. "Breaking News: Developing Story Charlie Sheen Dies from Cardiac Arrest and (FORGOT THE WORD IS) taken away in Ambulance! (could have also included the word AN in front of ambulance, just to make it sound more correct.

    Furthermore, if Charlie actually had been found dead at the scene, I mean (really most sincerely) dead...not almost dead/current acute cardiac arrest, why would he have been taken away in an ambulance? Don't EMS workers just call the Coroner at that point?

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