BitDefender Exposes Facebook Stalker Scams
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BitDefender has released details which reveal the dynamics of the Facebook scam landscape together with a free tool aimed at protecting social network accounts from privacy risks, e-threats and spam.

According to the company, 34.7 percent of facebook scams are presented in the form of Stalker-like apps, promising to offer users profile traffic insights.

14.1 percent purport to direct clickers to shocking images, such as ‘this girl killed herself after” or “you will never text again after seeing this”.

The social scam uses a number of different other baits. The top ranking bait is one that offers users to see “who viewed your profile”, luring users into trying to find out how many visitors their profiles have attracted.

In July, last year, Facebook said on its security page that there was no way anyone could see who had viewed their profile, and no way for others to create such a function.

Status updates, Facebook groups and pages claiming to allow users to view such pages, are usually linked to ad-filled sites, which thousands of users have fallen prey to.

BitDefender reveals a number of other spam words and phrases, providing a very useful dictionary of social network malice.

The infographic also includes a separate section dedicated to a spam wave case study, which shows how illegitimate applications are spread and their potential click counts.

 

Information on the geographic distribution of scam victims is also included under a section on the Top 5 Busiest Scam Clicking countries. 

It also strips down the ‘likejacking’ scam, the process whereby posted content is ‘liked’ without the user’s consent or knowledge, which has recently boomed back to the top, to its core mechanism, in a bid to protect users from falling into this trap.

George Petre, BitDefender’s Threat Intelligence Team Leader, said: “According to our statistics, stalker-like scams have collected approximately one million and a half click per wave. These figures help us find a possible explanation for the fact that these scams are increasingly cloned on other social platforms, such as Twitter.” 

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