Facebook users, beware of the fake hubs!
Phishing campaign targeting social networking aficionados lures the victims with an arousing message to the "almost perfect" phony site
BitDefender╝ researchers have detected an IM-based spam wave automatically sent to accounts which promises a "hot date" if the Facebook's users access the typosquatted link, as depicted below.
The fake Web site, which reproduces the genuine Facebook site extremely well, collects the log-in credentials using a php script.
Users should pay extremely close attention to details, such as Web sites names and avoid following links received in e-mail or IM spam. Failing to do so might result in stolen log in credentials. Phishers could exploit them to harvest e-mail addresses, retrieve other contact details stored in accounts or post spam messages or malware disguised behind banner advertising.
"Users should be cautious of any link sent to them via IM or email,"
said Vlad Valceanu, head of BitDefender's anti-spam research. "Along with paying close attention to Web site names and likes, it is important for computer users to have an IT security solution installed onto their systems in order to avoid future attacks."
Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. The company is an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection since 2001. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of around 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.
Recently, Bitdefender won a series of important awards and accolades in the global security industry, including "Product of the Year" by AV-Comparatives, "Best Repair 2012" by AV-Test, "Editor's Choice" and "The Best Antivirus for 2013" by PC Mag, that confirmed the antivirus software’s leadership status among security products.
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