Facebook phishing

Here’s a post that you might have seen recently. It comes in several poorly written/typed forms, so anything close probably qualifies:

Theres a new way to hack your Facebook account. A Notification will besent to you that one of yourfriends has commented on your status, itwill open in a new pageandtellyou to re-enter your Facebook usernameand password. The page looksjustlike the FB login page so becareful, dont enter your user id andpassword or it will be hacked.Please read & pass it on to everyone

Experienced Internet users should recognize this ploy. It’s a phishing scam that tries to persuade you to reveal personal information. Phishing scams have been around for a very long time (well, but Internet standards). The earliest ones occurred when AOL started using randomized account numbers that made it difficult for Warez members to create fake accounts. The hackers found they could acquire someone else’s log in informationĀ  by sending requests to large numbers of people. They usually posed as AOL reps who required information to perform a customer service task.

It didn’t take log for phishers to realize that they could use similar tactics to acquire banking information or try to scam people out of money by posing as wealthy foreigners who, for some odd reason, needed a few thousand US dollars to make a lucrative deal.

Today it’s even easier for phishers to reach large numbers of people: they just turn to social networking sites.

It was excusable for people in the early 90s to fall for these tricks. Today, though, you should really know better. If you don’t, then you shouldn’t even be using the Internet. Perhaps we need to include an Internet safety course in schools. It should probably start with kindergarten. Is preschool too young?

As far as this particular Facebook warning goes, it may or may not be true. Its truthfulness is kind of beside the point. What’s important for you to take away from this is that you can’t blindly trust any page that requests your personal information. If there are any doubts at all, then don’t enter your information in any fields.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on May 21, 2010.

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