Beware of false friends as fraudsters hack into Facebook
It's not just Barack Obama's campaign team that has learned to use Facebook to great effect. The popular social networking site is quickly becoming a favourite new haunt for online scammers.examda.com
Earlier this week, I received an e-mail from the online security specialists Sophos warning about a new phishing scam targeting Face患上了癫痫病应该要怎么做才能使得病情得到很好的治疗？book users �C call it the Nigerian 419 scam rewritten for the Web 2.0 era. Hours later I noticed one of my Facebook contacts had fallen victim to the very same scam. His Facebook status read, "stranded in Lagos." Instructions followed: send money "urgently" to a Western Union, presumably in the heart of the Nigerian capital.
The fictitious message generated a few laughs from friends, and continu癫痫的各种症状都有什么啊es to do so today, probably because it seems such a lame attempt to use a lost trip to Lagos to shake someone down for money. It's hard to think anyone has a friend - on Facebook or in real life - gullible enough and solvent enough to fork out for a plane ticket home at a moment's notice. But that's the beauty of the so-called Nigerian 419 scammers: they're an unsinkable lot. They assume, rightly, th癫痫病怎么治疗好得快？ere has to be at least one sucker among the 100 million-plus Facebook users who'll reach for their credit card no questions asked to help a "friend" in need.
The Facebook scam, according to Graham Cluley, from Sophos, works much like the traditional phishing scam, which remains a lucrative racket. "Hackers phish for Facebook passwords just like they phish for banking log-in details," he says. Th继发性癫痫能治愈吗at means the Facebook user may have been tricked into entering a username and password into a bogus site, which diverted the information to the fraudsters. Similar scams are happening on MySpace and Twitter, Mr Cluley adds.
Facebook did warn about the rise of phishing attacks on the network in April, telling users to be wary of oddball wall posts, and reminding users to update their w