Serene Branson Has a Stroke on Live TV

If you were watching the Grammy’s in Los Angeles last weekend, then you might have seen CBS 2 reporter Serene Branson experience what might have been a stroke. Her speech suddenly became slurred and she lapsed into periods of gibberish.

Branson says that she’s fine and didn’t have a stroke on live TV. Her statement hasn’t stopped the video from going viral all over the Internet.

And once a video goes viral, you know what’s bound to happen: someone uses it to scam Facebook users.

The video has been making the rounds on facebook walls since last  weekend. The problem is that many of the posts contain clickjacking attacks that trick users into spreading the video even farther through their Fb walls. When someone clicks the link to watch the video, they are asked to complete a survey before getting access. After filling out the survey, they are asked to allow a facebook app to watch the video.

These are two giant warning signs of facebook clickjacking attacks.

Hackers often use online surveys to generate income. Every time a facebook member takes the survey, the hacker earns a small amount of money. That might not seem like such a big deal, but it can mean big bucks when thousands of people take the survey.

The facebook video app is another giveaway that this is a scam. There is no reason for facebook members to accept an app to watch a video. There are plenty of online services that offer free video hosting. The hackers, though, have secretly inserted an invisible link above the “accept” button that spreads the message to other facebook users. When you accept the app, it posts a message to  your wall that alerts your friends to the video.

It’s a common facebook scam that too many people continue to fall for every day.


~ by facebookhoaxes on February 16, 2011.

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