A “spear-phishing” campaign has been identified by Facebook that used compromised email accounts to scrape information from Friends Lists on the site.
Affected Facebook users have reported receiving targeted spam messages that had been sent to personal email addresses registered to their Facebook account.
The “spear-phishing” emails posed as messages from friends and family of Facebook users, they referred to the intended victim by name and included a link to a website controlled by the perpetrator to exploit the victims tendencies to click on a link if they appear to have originated from a trustworthy source.
Facebook has received reports of the glitch from users and states that it has since enhanced its scraping protection to protect against the “spear-phishing” attacks, however, also state that there has not been a compromise of Facebook nor a leak of private information.
The current recommendations to protect accounts are made whilst Facebook resolves the issue:
• Review the Facebook account security settings and enable login notifications.
• Not to click on strange links, even those from Facebook friends and notify the apparent sender if you receive something suspicious through another reliable channel.
• Hover over a link without clicking on it to see the full URL of the true destination of the link.
• Don’t access the links provided in an email from Facebook, message or chat if it is suspected that it may not be authentic or the sender is not trusted, instead navigate directly to the website.
• Any email requesting login or financial information should not be trusted.
• Do not accept Facebook friend requests from parties who are unknown.
• If you access Facebook from public places, such as hotels or airports, use the “otp” text function to 32665 to obtain a one-time password to your account.
3rd September 2012
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