Facebook users conned in ‘Dislike’ button scam

Posted on August 17, 2010 by .

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Hackers are using a malicious application to con Facebook users in a cyber scam.

Hackers are using a malicious application to con Facebook users in a cyber scam.

Computer security firms have warned that scammers are duping Facebook users with a bogus “Dislike” button that downloads corrupt software onto PCs.

The “Dislike” version of the “Like” icon does not exist. The ‘Like’ button is used by members of the world’s top social networking website use to endorse online comments, stories, pictures or other content shared with friends.

Now clever hackers are enticing Facebook users to install a malicious application pitched as a “Dislike” button that jokingly notifies contacts at the social networking service “now I can dislike all of your dumb posts.”

Once granted permission to access a Facebook user’s profile, the application pumps out spam from the account and spreads itself by inviting the person’s friends to get the button.

The ruse was described as the latest in an ongoing stream of tricks that includes baiting booby-trapped links with messages including “the biggest and scariest snake” and “world’s worst McDonald’s customer.”

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