Hackers Circulate Spam Using Fake Japan Quake Videos On Facebook


Internet hackers have been trying to make money by placing fake links to new videos from quake-hit Japan on Facebook online social network, Sophos anti-virus company said on Monday.

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake and a ten-meter tsunami swept Japan on Friday. The number of those killed or missing has been estimated at 5,000.

Internet hackers have posted a link to allegedly the latest CNN video showing the tsunami via anonymous accounts or by breaking into existing accounts on Facebook.

The link takes you to a website imitating Youtube, the world’s largest video hosting platform. Clicking “play” automatically means you pressed the “like” button on Facebook, which shows your friends that you like this link. This way hackers spread spam among Facebook users.

The “play” button takes you to a page promising a purple iPad, which has not been produced, if you answer a few online questions in a questionnaire. They also ask you to leave your e-mail address and sometimes a mobile phone number, which lets them send around their spam messages.

Experts recommend Facebook users to delete the link from their wall.

Ria Novosti

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