Dad catches daughters on webcam: Beware viral Facebook video link

Filed Under: Adobe, Facebook, Social networks, Spam

Facebook is being hit by another viral message, spreading between users' walls disguised as a link to a saucy video.

The messages, which are spreading rapidly, use a variety of different links but all claim to be a movie of a dad catching his daughters making a video on their webcam:

Dad catches daughters on webcam message

two naughty girls get caught in the WORST moment while making a vid on their webcam! omg!!

The messages also tag some of the victims' Facebook friends, presumably in an attempt to spread the links more quickly across the social network.

If you make the mistake of clicking on the link you are taken to a webpage which shows a video thumbnail of two scantily clad young women on a bed. The page urges you to play the video, however doing so will post the Facebook message on your own wall as a "Like" and pass it to your friends.

Unfortunately, the new security improvements announced by Facebook this week fail to give any protection or warning about the attack.

Dad catches daughters on webcam message

When I tested the scam I was presented with a (fake) message telling me that my Adobe Flash plugin had crashed and I needed to download a codec.

Dad catches daughters on webcam message

Codec downloadUsers should remember that they should only ever download updates to Adobe Flash from Adobe's own website - not from anywhere else on the internet as you could be tricked into installing malware.

Ultimately, you may find your browser has been redirected to a webpage promoting a tool for changing your Facebook layout, called Profile Stylez and - on Windows at least - may find you have been prompted to install a program called FreeCodec.exe which really installs the Profile Stylez browser extension.


It's certainly disappointing to see Facebook's new security features fail at the first major outbreak - clearly there's much more work which needs to be done to prevent these sorts of messages spreading rapidly across the social network, tricking users into clicking on links which could be designed to cause harm.

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.

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14 Responses to Dad catches daughters on webcam: Beware viral Facebook video link

  1. Sslaxx · 1570 days ago

    Fundamental facebook fail, right there. What a surprise.

  2. Jack · 1570 days ago

    Interestingly, when I opened this page, Sophos told me I had a piece of Spyware.

  3. Tobalo · 1570 days ago

    Thank you very much for the advice

  4. Simon · 1570 days ago

    People that read the link and go as far as clicking on it must go to jail.

  5. Michael · 1570 days ago

    Whois Server:

    It's registered thru Scott Richter's company.

  6. Mich · 1570 days ago

    "What are we going to do tonight Brain?"
    "What we always do. Try..... to take over the WORLD!"

  7. That just goes to show you how ignorant people can be. What kind of fun is that to put something so humiliating about yourself or anyone else and besides it's also a scam. Grow up people and let FB be used in the manner it is made for. There are better things to do in life.

  8. Brian · 1570 days ago

    So....any way to delete it? Looks like one of my friends clicked the dumb link on someones profile and not is it on MINE! Currently I have made it so no one sees my wall. Any other ways to delete it?

  9. Thu Win · 1570 days ago

    How many times have this scam came up! Time and time again people have fallen for it!

  10. spawn666948 · 1570 days ago

    You should be able to click on the "X" and either hide it or unlike it.

  11. Zack Muckerberg · 1570 days ago

    People on facebook are seriously dumb. To be honest, they deserve to die :) I just saw a spam page with 94k fans and its viral as hell. Seriously. Facebook is doing all what they can to prevent spam. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink :)

  12. Halal Fish · 1570 days ago

    Webcam + daughters + dad = sounds a bit weird. The nakedsecurity part lends itself to a dodgy plotline.

  13. David · 1569 days ago

    every 30 mins i get these on my wall.. every person who clicks should be banned from facebook for few days

    facebook is full of fail.

  14. jamie · 1567 days ago

    I just clicked one of these scams by accident and while my computer said i was unable to view the page, fb showed that i had "liked" the video. i marked it as spam because i could not find it on my profile or privacy settings, will this take care of the problem?

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley