Oslo bombing taken advantage of by Facebook scammers


First I would like to extend our sympathies to the people of Oslo after the tragic bombing in their city. We wish you well in your rescue efforts and hope you are able to apprehend those responsible for this attack.

Unfortunately within hours of the Norway bombing Facebook scammers have latched on to the news and are trying to take advantage of the Facebook communities interest in learning the details of what happened.

The message spreading across thousands of people’s walls on Facebook reads: “[URL] [Video] OSLO Security Camera Captures Blast! [Video] OSLO Security Camera Captures Blast!”.

Facebook scam on Oslo bombing

Users tempted to click on the scam link will be redirected offsite to a page that appears to be on Facebook with a fake YouTube video player. The screen is grayed out until you agree to take survey to prove you are 18 years of age and click “Jaa”.

Facebook Oslo scam survey popup

Fortunately Sophos customers are protected against this scam, and the hosts involved have been blocked since May 2011. Pro-active protection is key to a good defense.

Sophos block page

If someone is tempted to fill out the survey they are presented with an IQ test. Upon completion they are asked to enter their mobile phone number and will be charged two dollars per trivia question SMS’d to them four times per week.

Keep your eye on the ball and expect these types of scams when tragedies are in the news. For the latest information on all things related to online security subscribe to the Naked Security RSS feed or follow us on Facebook.