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Fraudsters provide false security for Facebook users

Aug 10, 2010

In August 2010, Symantec observed a phishing website that targeted Facebook login credentials, which claimed to provide security to Facebook users. The page was not imitating the legitimate Facebook website, but appeared to be an alternate website that provided this facility. The phishing site was titled as a “Security and Privacy Update” website.

The page stated that Facebook users were vulnerable to threats such as spam messages or hackers that could cause problems with their user profiles. The page further stated that if users confirmed their identity by providing login details, then they would be safe from such threats. On the contrary, if a user gave up their login details to the phishing site, the fraudsters would have succeeded and could steal the details for use in future attacks.



A free Web hosting site hosted the phishing site. The words used in the phishing URL gave the impression that the website was related to a security update. Below is what the phishing URL looked like:
http://security-center-update2010.******.com/logs.index2010.htm [Domain name removed]

Internet users are advised to follow best practices to avoid phishing attacks. Here are some basic tips for avoiding online scams:

  • Do not click on suspicious links in email messages.
  • Check the URL of the website and make sure that it belongs to the brand.
  • Type the domain name of your brand’s website directly into your browser’s address bar rather than following any link.
  • Frequently update your security software, such as Norton Internet Security 2010, which protects you from online phishing.


by Mathew Maniyara
www.symantec.com

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