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The world's worst McDonald's customer? Beware rogue Facebook app spreading rapidly

The world's worst McDonald's customer? Beware rogue Facebook app spreading rapidly

Thousands of Facebook users are spreading a message to their online friends, urging them to see a "shocking video" that claims to be of the world's worst McDonald's customer. The messages read: OMG the worlds worst mcdonalds customer (shocking video Read more…

Girl who killed herself virus hoax spreads on Facebook.. but beware of scams

Girl who killed herself virus hoax spreads on Facebook.. but beware of scams

NOTE: This article is mostly about a hoax which spread on Facebook in August 2010, but there have been real scams spreading virally on the social network using the disguise of a message about a girl who killed herself after Read more…

Attack of the Twitter babes - Tweets that ain't so sweet

Attack of the Twitter babes - Tweets that ain't so sweet

As we discussed in our latest update to the Sophos Security Threat Report, cybercriminals continue to exploit social networks - spreading spam, malware, and stealing identities. The latest spam campaign we've seen on Twitter involves a bevy of beauties. Here Read more…

Shocking video of a girl attacked by a shark? OMG - it's a colourful clickjack attack

Shocking video of a girl attacked by a shark? OMG - it's a colourful clickjack attack

Hot on the heels of other recent scams spreading virally across Facebook, we're now seeing another - this time posing as a link to an alleged shocking video of a girl being attacked by a shark. Thousands of messages have Read more…

Justin Bieber's naughty webcam is another Facebook viral scam

Justin Bieber's naughty webcam is another Facebook viral scam

The Facebook survey scammers are up to their dirty tricks again, this time trying to trick you into believing that pint-sized pop phenomenon Justin Bieber has been naughty on his webcam. For at least the last 24 hours messages have Read more…

Sophos Security Threat Report Mid-2010

Sophos Security Threat Report Mid-2010

Sophos has today published the mid-year update to its 2010 Security Threat Report, revealing the latest trends and findings from the world of cybercrime. Read the official press release here. I'm doing my bit to promote the report's findings, having Read more…

Rude Toy Story 3 hidden message? It's another Facebook scam

Rude Toy Story 3 Facebook scam

The recent release of the Toy Story 3 movie is making waves not just because of its ability to make middle-aged men weep, but also because of a message that is being shared far and wide across Facebook: SHOCKING: RUDE Read more…

Shocking real crimes on Google Streets? No, it's another viral Facebook scam

Shocking real crimes on Google Streets? No, it's another viral Facebook scam

Once again a viral scam is spreading rapidly across Facebook, posting messages on users' profiles in an attempt to trick the unwary into installing a rogue application. Here's a video where I demonstrate the attack: (Enjoy this video? You can Read more…

Happy bitchday from Facebook

Happy bitchday from Facebook

Yesterday my colleague Pablo Teijeira, who is based in our Madrid office, logged into Facebook as normal and was confronted with a rather unusual message in place of the usual reminder of whose birthday it was today: Rather than "Hoy Read more…

Details of 100 million Facebook users were *already* exposed on the net

Details of 100 million Facebook users were *already* exposed on the net

Have you seen the headlines? They're pretty scary-looking. Here's just a handful - although there were hundreds more to choose from: "A fifth of Facebook users names 'leaked' to file-sharers", Techwatch "Details from 100 million Facebook profiles posted online", Network Read more…

Shocking video link worms its way rapidly across Facebook

Shocking video link worms its way rapidly across Facebook

Teacher nearly killed this boy? Watch a video of a shocking scam spreading across Facebook.

Want to see who has viewed your Facebook profile? Take care..

Want to see who has viewed your Facebook profile? Take care..

I'm increasingly being asked by folks on Facebook if it's possible to tell who has been viewing their Facebook profile. A number have been attracted to webpages and Facebook applications that claim to be able to give you a secret Read more…

Demi Moore and Facebook security

Demi Moore and Facebook security

What a strange world we live in.. If you have Facebook friends who you believe are acting unsafely online you should invite them to become a fan of the official Facebook Security page and join the Sophos Facebook page too. Read more…

Justin Bieber's cell phone number? Nope, it's a Facebook scam

Justin Bieber's cell phone number? Nope, it's a Facebook scam

Do you remember when hardly a week went by without cybercriminals infecting computers with the promise of glimpses of glamorous pin-ups like Halle Berry, Anna Kournikova, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez or Britney Spears? Those days aren't entirely behind us (lets Read more…

'OMG!! This Mother Went to Jail' Facebook scam spreads virally

'OMG!! This Mother Went to Jail' Facebook scam spreads virally

Today on Facebook many users are spreading a message which claims to link to a picture that caused a mother to be sent to jail. OMG!! Guys, you have to see this: This mother went to jail for taking this Read more…

The 'Never gonna drink Coca Cola again' Facebook scam

The 'Never gonna drink Coca Cola again' Facebook scam

If one of your friends said they were never going to drink Coca Cola again after watching a horrific video, would you be tempted to watch the video? Judging by the number of Facebook users who have posted status updates Read more…

The dumbest question Sophos has been asked this week

The dumbest question Sophos has been asked this week

Here's a message that the SophosLabs YouTube channel received today from a fellow user: Crumbs. I wonder if they realise we're a computer security company, and that we're kinda against this sort of stuff. Anyway, I'm stumped as to how Read more…

The truth about the Facebook Knob Face worm

The truth about the Facebook Knob Face worm

Humans - dontcha just love 'em? And there are about 500 million of them on Facebook, and occasionally they try and help their fellow homo sapiens by sharing warnings about a new virus or worm storming across the network. Here's Read more…

Is Amazon sending you a Sony Bravia? Beware the malware attack

Is Amazon sending you a Sony Bravia? Beware the malware attack

Have you received an email from Amazon about a purchase of a Sony Bravia television? If so, it's possible that you are in the gunsights of hackers behind a malware attack which is being seen around the world which is Read more…

Germans take aim at Facebook over privacy

Germans take aim at Facebook over privacy

If you thought the heat has been turned down on Facebook regarding privacy after all the trouble earlier this year, think again. BBC News is reporting that German officials are taking legal action against the social networking site. Johannes Caspar, Read more…